YORK, Pa., March 9, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DENTSPLY International Inc. (Nasdaq:XRAY) announced that it has appointed Deborah Rasin as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, effective March 7, 2011. Ms. Rasin succeeds Brian Addison, who will remain in a part-time role as Special Counsel. In her role, Ms. Rasin will oversee all legal affairs of the Company and assume corporate secretary duties. She will be a senior member of the executive team, responsible for management and oversight of all activities of the legal department. Ms. Rasin previously served as Vice President - Legal, General Counsel and Secretary of Samsonite Corporation, and subsequently was a partner in a private law practice in London, England. Prior to joining Samsonite, Ms. Rasin spent nine years as a senior commercial and corporate attorney for General Motors Corporation, where she served as general counsel of several business units and subsidiaries. Deborah earned her Juris Doctor degree from the Harvard Law School and her undergraduate degree also from Harvard. Bret Wise, DENTSPLY's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, states, "Deborah will be a very strong addition to our senior management team. We are excited to benefit from Deborah's corporate leadership and extensive international experience, as well as her strategic approach to legal issues. I also would like to thank Brian Addison for his many contributions as General Counsel, and am very pleased that after 17 years with DENTSPLY he will remain a valuable resource and advisor to the Company." DENTSPLY designs, develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of professional dental products including dental implants, endodontic instruments and materials, orthodontic appliances, restorative materials, preventive materials and devices, and prosthetic materials and devices. The Company distributes its dental products in over 120 countries under some of the most well-established brand names in the industry. DENTSPLY is committed to the development of innovative, high quality, cost-effective new products for the dental market.