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RPM Promotes Two to Vice President

MEDINA, Ohio, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM) announced today the promotions of Lonny R. DiRusso to vice president - information technology and Matthew T. Ratajczak to vice president - global taxes.

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DiRusso, 40, has been director of information technology (IT) since shortly after joining RPM as management information systems manager in 1996. With 20 years of experience in information technology and computer programming, he is responsible for RPM's corporate information systems, global network, and corporatewide IT capital spending. In addition, DiRusso chairs RPM's IT Management Committee and represents IT in RPM's other management groups including finance, human resources, research and development, operations, environmental health and safety, and mergers and acquisitions. Before joining RPM, DiRusso was a computer business analyst consultant with CAP Gemini America; a consultant, team leader and account manager with Computer Task Group; and a programmer with Comsol Corp. He holds a bachelor's degree from Cleveland State University.

Ratajczak, 37, joined RPM as director of taxes in July 2004, with responsibility for all areas of worldwide tax compliance as well as for developing the strategic direction and management of RPM's domestic and international tax issues. Ratajczak began his career in the Cleveland office of Ernst & Young LLP and later spent four years as director, global tax with Noveon, Inc. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Kent State University and is a certified public accountant.

"RPM is a growth company," said Frank C. Sullivan, president and chief executive officer. "As we continue to expand in the United States and abroad, we must continuously enhance critical functions to manage our growth. Lonny and Matt have demonstrated the capacity to lead us into the future in two of these areas: information systems and global tax compliance."

RPM International Inc., a holding company, owns subsidiaries that are world leaders in specialty coatings and sealants serving both industrial and consumer markets. RPM's industrial products include roofing systems, sealants, corrosion control coatings, flooring coatings and specialty chemicals. Industrial brands include Stonhard, Tremco, illbruck, Carboline, Day-Glo, Euco and Dryvit. RPM's consumer products are used by professionals and do-it-yourselfers for home maintenance and improvement, automotive and boat repair and maintenance, and by hobbyists. Consumer brands include Zinsser, Rust-Oleum, DAP, Varathane, Bondo and Testors.

For more information, contact Glenn R. Hasman, vice president - finance and communications, at 330-273-8820 or

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