RPM Hires Senior Leader to Spearhead Organizational Restructuring

MEDINA, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 24, 2019-- RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM) today announced that Michael H. Sullivan has joined the company as vice president – operations and chief restructuring officer effective June 24. He will report directly to RPM’s chairman and CEO Frank Sullivan, with whom he has no familial relation.

In this capacity, Michael Sullivan will oversee RPM’s 2020 MAP to Growth operating improvement initiative. He will identify and execute opportunities to improve manufacturing efficiencies, reduce operating costs, streamline procurement, and enhance health and safety measures across all RPM business segments. In addition, he will play a key role in RPM’s annual planning process and oversee its global sourcing teams.

“This is an exciting time to join RPM, and I look forward to becoming more deeply involved in my new role,” said Michael Sullivan. “The company is making great progress with its operating improvement plan, and I intend to leverage my leadership experience and skillset to help RPM achieve its next level of growth and performance.”

Michael Sullivan began his career as a consultant with Bain & Company, before joining Temple-Inland Inc. (now International Paper) and, later, Exel Logistics plc in increasing leadership capacities within the areas of manufacturing, operations, supply chain and finance. He has spent the past decade in global management consulting with Axia (now Accenture Strategy), Corven Consulting, Ltd. (now Oliver Wyman) and, most recently, AlixPartners, with a focus on manufacturing and operations. While at AlixPartners, Sullivan played a key role in the analysis and development of RPM’s 2020 MAP to Growth program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Yale University and an MBA, with distinction, from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where he was recognized as a Tuck Scholar.

“Having been an integral part of RPM’s operating improvement initiative from the start, Mike is remarkably well equipped to spearhead the successful completion of our 2020 MAP to Growth program,” said Frank Sullivan. “We’re confident that his leadership within this role will drive continuous, sustainable improvements across RPM and its business segments for years to come.”

About RPM

RPM International Inc. owns subsidiaries that are world leaders in specialty coatings, sealants, building materials and related services across three segments. RPM’s industrial products include roofing systems, sealants, corrosion control coatings, flooring coatings and other construction chemicals. Industrial companies include StonhardTremcoillbruckCarbolineFlowcreteEuclid Chemical and RPM Belgium Vandex. RPM's consumer products are used by professionals and do-it-yourselfers for home maintenance and improvement and by hobbyists. Consumer brands include Rust-OleumDAPZinsserVarathane and Testors. RPM’s specialty products include industrial cleaners, colorants, exterior finishes, specialty OEM coatings, edible coatings, restoration services equipment and specialty glazes for the pharmaceutical and food industries. Specialty segment companies include Day-GloDryvitRPM Wood FinishesMantrose-HaeuserLegend BrandsKop-Coat and TCI. Additional details can be found at www.RPMinc.com and by following RPM on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RPMintl.

For more information, contact Russell L. Gordon, vice president and chief financial officer, at 330-273-5090 or rgordon@rpminc.com.

Russell L. Gordon 
vice president and chief financial officer 

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