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This month, RPM congratulates three of the company’s veteran leaders for their well-deserved retirements: Bill Barrie, president emeritus of Mantrose Group; Nick Simpson, managing director of USL Group; and Tom Gross, board director for RPM.

A 40-year veteran of Mantrose-Haeuser, Bill Barrie will be retiring on June 1, 2021. Since Ted Benic was promoted to president of Mantrose Group on January 1, Bill has served in the consulting role of president emeritus alongside Ted and the broader Mantrose team. Having been with Mantrose-Haeuser since 1980, Bill joined the RPM family in 1992 after the company’s acquisition. Over his career, Bill has grown Mantrose Group from a shellac coatings manufacturer into a global leader in food and pharmaceutical specialty products. Under Bill’s leadership, Mantrose Group also launched the popular NatureSeal product line of food preservatives, which resulted in skyrocketing sales for the company.

Nick Simpson will be retiring as managing director for USL Group on June 1, 2021. He began his 30-year career with USL as a commercial manager in 1989, later climbing the ranks to serve as an integral part of USL’s executive team and a key driver of RPM’s acquisition of USL in 2005. Since then, Nick has expanded the company into Continental Europe and North America through several key acquisitions—leading to the growth of USL as a market-leading brand in the UK.

In addition, Tom Gross will be retiring from RPM’s board of directors on May 31, 2021, after nearly nine years of service to the company. A retired vice chairman and chief executive officer for Eaton Corporation’s Electrical Sector, Tom is a member of the board’s Compensation Committee and oversaw RPM’s MAP to Growth initiative while serving on the board’s Operating Improvement Committee. Since joining RPM as a director in 2012, Tom has played an integral role in driving RPM’s strong performance, providing counsel across key business areas and contributing to the company’s improved efficiency and operational excellence.

Please join us in wishing Bill Barrie, Nick Simpson and Tom Gross the very best in retirement!

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