DES PLAINES, Ill., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- United Stationers Inc.
(Nasdaq: USTR) today announced that Eric A. Blanchard, 49, will join the
company on January 4, 2006, as senior vice president, general counsel and
secretary. He will report directly to Richard W. Gochnauer, president and
chief executive officer.
"Eric has an extensive corporate background, and we are pleased to have
him as a member of our senior management team," Gochnauer said. "His
experience in advising and supporting the board of directors, creating
enhanced corporate governance and ethics programs, and leading company-wide
Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma initiatives will be particularly valuable to
Blanchard has 24 years of broad-based legal and management experience.
Prior to joining United Stationers, he was vice president, general counsel and
secretary at Tennant Company for three years. Here, Blanchard was responsible
for all legal and corporate secretarial matters, as well as mergers and
acquisitions and strategic planning. He also had P&L responsibility for more
than $50 million in international sales. Prior to that, Blanchard held a
number of senior management positions with increasing responsibilities during
his 16 years at Dean Foods Company. He joined Dean Foods in 1986 as its in-
house counsel, and was president of the $3.7 billion Dairy Division from 1999
Blanchard earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from the
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard
Law School in Cambridge, Mass. He and his family will be relocating from
Minneapolis to Chicago.
United Stationers Inc. is North America's largest broad line wholesale
distributor of business products, with sales for the trailing 12 months of
approximately $4.3 billion. Its integrated computer-based distribution
systems make more than 40,000 items available to approximately 20,000
resellers. United is able to ship products within 24 hours of order placement
because of its 35 United Stationers Supply Co. distribution centers, 32
LagasseSweet distribution centers that serve the janitorial, sanitation, and
foodservice consumables industries, two Azerty distribution centers in Mexico
that serve computer supply resellers, and two distribution centers that serve
the Canadian marketplace. Its focus on fulfillment excellence has given the
company an average order fill rate of better than 97%, a 99.5% order accuracy
rate, and a 99% on-time delivery rate. For more information, visit
The company's common stock trades on the NASDAQ Stock Market(R) under the
SOURCE United Stationers Inc.