AKRON, Ohio, May 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A. Schulman, Inc. (Nasdaq-GS: SHLM) today announced that its Board of Directors has extended Joseph M. Gingo's employment agreement by two years, to December 31, 2014. Gingo will continue to serve as the Company's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. His previous contract was set to expire at the end of December 2012.
"The directors of A. Schulman are exceedingly pleased with the agreement extending Joe Gingo's tenure as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. This ensures continuity of the outstanding leadership that Joe has provided the Company, and allows additional time for the Board of Directors to continue pursuing its thorough and disciplined succession plan for leadership beyond 2014," said John B. Yasinsky, lead independent chairman of the Board.
"I am especially pleased the Board has given me this opportunity to continue the Company's successful strategic journey to achieve sustained profitable growth and shareholder value creation," Gingo said. "When I joined the Company in 2008, I knew that A. Schulman had outstanding potential, and I'm very proud of our progress as we have reduced working capital, improved our U.S. operating income and created a financially stronger company able to pursue global strategic growth opportunities."
Gingo has been Chief Executive Officer and President of A. Schulman since January 1, 2008. He was named Chairman of the Board on February 26, 2008. Previously, he spent more than 40 years with the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company where he held various executive positions. Gingo earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Case Institute of Technology (now Case Western Reserve University), and a law degree from the University of Akron. He received a master's degree in business management from the Sloan Fellowship program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
About A. Schulman, Inc.
Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, A. Schulman is a leading international supplier of high-performance plastic compounds and resins. These materials are used in a variety of consumer, industrial, automotive and packaging applications. The Company employs about 2,900 people and has 33 manufacturing facilities in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. A. Schulman reported net sales of $1.6 billion for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2010. Additional information about A. Schulman can be found at www.aschulman.com.
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- worldwide and regional economic, business and political conditions, including continuing economic uncertainties in some or all of the Company's major product markets;
- the effectiveness of the Company's efforts to improve operating margins through sales growth, price increases, productivity gains, and improved purchasing techniques;
- competitive factors, including intense price competition;
- fluctuations in the value of currencies in major areas where the Company operates;
- volatility of prices and availability of the supply of energy and raw materials that are critical to the manufacture of the Company's products, particularly plastic resins derived from oil and natural gas;
- changes in customer demand and requirements;
- effectiveness of the Company to achieve the level of cost savings, productivity improvements, growth and other benefits anticipated from acquisitions and restructuring initiatives;
- escalation in the cost of providing employee health care;
- uncertainties regarding the resolution of pending and future litigation and other claims;
- the performance of the North American auto market; and
- further adverse changes in economic or industry conditions, including global supply and demand conditions and prices for products.
The risks and uncertainties identified above are not the only risks the Company faces. Additional risk factors that could affect the Company's performance are set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and the most recent Form 10-Q. In addition, risks and uncertainties not presently known to the Company or that it believes to be immaterial also may adversely affect the Company. Should any known or unknown risks or uncertainties develop into actual events, or underlying assumptions prove inaccurate, these developments could have material adverse effects on the Company's business, financial condition and results of operations. This document contains time-sensitive information that reflects management's best analysis only as of the date of this document. The Company does not undertake an obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect new events, information or circumstances, or otherwise. Further information concerning issues that could materially affect financial performance related to forward-looking statements can be found in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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