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A. Schulman Announces New Management Appointments And Actions

AKRON, Ohio, April 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

  • Bernard Rzepka appointed to newly created global COO of A. Schulman
  • Heinrich Lingnau appointed Vice President and General Manager, EMEA
  • Board announces option to extend CEO Joe Gingo's contract

A. Schulman (Nasdaq-GS: SHLM) announced today that Bernard Rzepka has been promoted to the role of Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately.  In this new position, Rzepka will implement corporate strategy and growth plans within the global operations organization and further excellence in the Company's procurement and marketing organizations.  Accordingly, the Global Supply Chain & Chief Procurement Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, and the three regional Vice Presidents and General Managers will now report to Rzepka.  Rzepka will report directly to Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph M. Gingo

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Rzepka most recently served as Vice President and General Manager, Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) for A. Schulman. After earning a degree in engineering and spending five years at ICI Advanced Materials, Rzepka joined A. Schulman in 1992. He held a variety of technology and commercial management positions with the Company before assuming his current role in 2008.      

"Bernard's experience leading EMEA, which is our largest division, makes him well-qualified to head our global operations," said Gingo. "He has an outstanding track record of accountability, transparency and leadership, has consistently exemplified our 'Open, Honest, Listen and Accountable' corporate culture, and has done an excellent job achieving maximum performance in EMEA, notwithstanding very difficult economic conditions.   His strategic insight and operational expertise will serve him well as he takes on additional responsibilities in executing A. Schulman's strategies, which include increasing shareholder value by strengthening and expanding our business in key global markets.  With Bernard aptly at the helm of our operations, I can continue to seek out opportunities to further grow A. Schulman's core business while exploring avenues to become a premier specialty chemical organization."

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