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Newell Rubbermaid elects new chairman

February 22, 2010
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ATLANTA — Newell Rubbermaid, global marketer of consumer and commercial products, has announced the election of Michael Cowhig as chairman of the company board of directors, according to a press release.

According to the release, Cowhig will succeed William Marohn, who has served as chairman since 2004 and is retiring in May of this year.

Mark Ketchum, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Newell Rubbermaid, said: "Bill Marohn has provided extraordinary leadership during a time of significant transformation at Newell Rubbermaid, and we are enormously thankful for his service to our company and board. Mike Cowhig is an excellent choice to continue this legacy of positive change, having made astute assessments of the business in his five years on the board, backed up by a strong track record of proven leadership ability and business success in his career at Gillette."

Cowhig has served as a director at Newell Rubbermaid since 2005 and has held senior roles at Gillette for 38 years, including serving as president of global technical and manufacturing for the Gillette Global Business Unit until his retirement in 2006, the release stated.

Cowhig said in regard to his appointment: "I enthusiastically accept this expanded role at a time when Newell Rubbermaid is gaining momentum. The board and I are confident that the company will continue to make strong progress in its journey of transformation."
The portfolio of brands under Newell Rubbermaid include Rubbermaid Commercial, Sharpie, Graco, Calphalon, Irwin, Lenox, Levolor, Paper Mate, Dymo, Waterman, Parker, Goody, Technical Concepts and Aprica, the release added.
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