NORTHBROOK, Ill., Jan. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Culligan International, a
Clayton, Dubilier & Rice portfolio company that is the leading producer and
distributor of water treatment products and bottled water, today announced the
appointment of former Kinko's executive Mark Seals as Chief Executive Officer,
effective January 3. He will also join the company's Board of Directors. Mr.
Seals succeeds Mike Kachmer who becomes Chief Operating Officer and remains a
member of the Board of Directors.
While at Kinko's, Mr. Seals was the Executive Vice President of
Operations, where he was responsible for Worldwide Branch Operations,
Marketing, Real Estate and Development, Strategic Planning, and International.
Mr. Seals has extensive global experience with high profile consumer-oriented
companies, has a successful track record of building strong and profitable
franchise networks, and for putting in place high performance management
At Kinko's, Mr. Seals led the transformation of the company's
international operations and after its acquisition by FedEx helped to
integrate Kinko's operations with its new parent company. Prior to Kinko's,
Mark spent 10 years with PepsiCo/Tricon, where he was instrumental in
improving the operations of such well respected global companies as Pizza Hut,
KFC, and Taco Bell. He also held several important executive positions with
"Culligan is embarking on a new phase in its corporate life, where we are
focusing on improving relationships with our franchisee network, sharing "best
practices" on a worldwide basis, and evaluating multiple new business
alternatives that will allow us to leverage our strong brand, while building
on the strong relationships we have established with our customer base," said
George W. Tamke, Culligan's Chairman and Clayton, Dubilier & Rice operating
partner. "Culligan has a long and rich heritage as a corporate icon, which is
a valuable asset as we continue to grow our business globally. Mark brings a
unique and proven combination of leadership skills that will help the company
achieve its strategic initiatives, while growing profitably."
Mr. Seals received a B.A. from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and an
MA and MBA from Indiana University.
Among the most widely recognized brand names in America, Culligan has been
manufacturing and distributing water treatment products and bottled water for
household and commercial use worldwide since 1936, and entered the air
purification market in 2003. Culligan's network of dealerships and licensees
worldwide is committed to delivering superior customer satisfaction and
expertise. A fund managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice acquired Culligan in
September 2004. For more information, call a local dealership or
1-800-Culligan or visit Culligan's website at http://www.culligan.com/ .
SOURCE Culligan International