CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 27, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Swisher Hygiene Inc. ("Swisher Hygiene") (Nasdaq:SWSH) (TSX:SWI), a leading provider of essential hygiene and sanitation products and services, announced today that its Board of Directors has increased the size of the Board from eight members to nine and that Richard L. Handley has been appointed to the Board of Directors, effective December 21, 2012. Mr. Handley, 65, has served as the Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of Huizenga Holdings Inc. since May 1997. From May 1997 to December 2004, Mr. Handley also served as Senior Vice President, Secretary, and General Counsel of Boca Resorts, Inc. Prior to that, he served from October 1995 to May 1997 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of AutoNation Inc. and its predecessor, Republic Industries Inc. Mr. Handley previously served as a director of Swisher International Inc. (the predecessor of Swisher Hygiene) from 2004 to 2010. He earned a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, a JD from the University of Utah College of Law, and an LLM from Georgetown University. "The Board of Directors believes Rich's extensive public company experience makes him an excellent addition to the Board as the company works to regain compliance and continues to execute its business strategy," said H. Wayne Huizenga, Chairman of Swisher Hygiene. Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Information All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this press release constitute "forward-looking information" or "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws and the Securities Act (Ontario) and are based on the expectations, estimates and projections of management as of the date of this press release, unless otherwise stated. All statements other than historical facts are, or may be, deemed to be forward looking statements. The words "plans," "expects," "is expected," "scheduled," "estimates," or "believes," or similar words or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results "may," "could," "would," "might," or "will be taken," "occur," and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements.