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Chairman and CEO of

The Sherwin-Williams Company comments on the strategic focus of Europe as a growth region and Sherwin-Williams Automotive Europe’s importance in the

largest “Paint Only” company in the world!

On September 25, 2008, Sherwin- Williams Automotive Europe (SWAE) welcomed Christopher M. Connor, Chairman and CEO of The Sherwin- Williams Compan , to their European Headquarters based in Aprilia, Italy.

SWAE’s General Manager, John Corry, along with Automotive’s executives Tom Hablitzel, President and General Manager, Lynn Zarcone, Vice- President – International and Greg Sofish, Vice-President Human Resources, greeted Chris for a business review, site tour and SWAE’s first employee townhall meeting hosted by Mr. Connor.

paints and coatings industry, which is by definition characterized by high level of mass consumption.

Sherwin Williams is now determined to grow beyond the US and seek global growth, especially in the EMEA markets. Sherwin-Williams’ Automotive Division grew an amazing 8% in 2008, in a year where most competitors posted flat to minimal sales growth and profits.

Europe, Middle East, Africa and India will continue to be a key focus, continuing growth organically as well as through mergers and acquisitions.

The Sherwin-Williams Company, founded in 1866, is the world’s largest Coatings Only company in the world with revenues exceeding 8 billion USD. S-W operates 40 plants globally and distributes products and services in over 90 countries.

During the townhall meeting, Mr. Connor conveyed year-to-date results of the global markets and market segments served by the S-W Company. The North American markets have now reached the maturity stage in the life cycle of the

Christopher M. Connor

has served as President, Paint Stores Group of Sherwin-Williams from August 1997 to October 1999. Chairman of Sherwin-Williams since April 2000 and Chief Executive Officer of Sherwin-Williams since October 1999.



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