MEDINA, Ohio, June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- RPM International Inc.
(NYSE: RPM) today announced that Ernest Thomas, formerly senior vice president
and chief financial officer of CF Industries Holdings, Inc., has joined the
company as a senior vice president.
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Mr. Thomas will assume the additional position of chief financial officer
effective August 1, 2007, succeeding Robert L. Matejka, who plans to retire
later in the fiscal year. Mr. Matejka will continue to serve as RPM's chief
financial officer until August 1 when he will then become vice president and
controller upon Mr. Thomas' assumption of the chief financial officer
position. Mr. Thomas will report to P. Kelly Tompkins, RPM's executive vice
president and chief administrative officer.
Prior to joining CF Industries in 2004, Mr. Thomas was chief financial
officer and treasurer of Tower Automotive, a $2.5 billion producer of
automotive assemblies. From 1997 to 2002, he served in various management
positions, including group vice president and senior vice president and chief
financial officer, with Modine Manufacturing Company, a $2.5 billion producer
of heat transfer products. From 1989 to 1997, Mr. Thomas served in various
management positions with Eaton Corporation, a $12.4 billion manufacturer of
industrial products, including division general manager, plant manager and
manager of strategic planning. He began his career in 1976 on the corporate
financial staff of General Motors Corporation, then the world's largest
"We are extremely pleased to have attracted Ernie Thomas as RPM's next
CFO," said Frank C. Sullivan, RPM president and chief executive officer. "He
brings strong financial and relationship skills as well as deep operations
experience that will be invaluable in our entrepreneurial operating
environment," Sullivan said.
"Since August 2000, Bob Matejka has done a tremendous job leading RPM's
finance and accounting team during a period of extraordinary growth as well as
effectively addressing the challenges of being a public company in today's
highly challenging regulatory environment," added Mr. Tompkins. "Fortunately
we will be able to tap Bob's wealth of experience as he works to transition
leadership of RPM's financial affairs to Ernie."
Mr. Thomas holds a B.A. degree from Bluffton University, located in
northwest Ohio, and an M.B.A. with an accounting concentration from Miami
University (Ohio). He is a member of the board of trustees of Bluffton
University and is a Certified Management Accountant. Ernie and his wife
Cosette will be relocating from Racine, WI to the Medina area.
For more information, contact P. Kelly Tompkins, executive vice president
and chief administrative officer at 330-273-5090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE RPM International Inc.
CONTACT: P. Kelly Tompkins, executive vice president and chief
administrative officer of RPM International Inc., 1-330-273-5090,
Web site: http://www.rpminc.com