MEDINA, OH – The Board of Directors of RPM International Inc. has elected Russell L. Gordon, currently Vice President – Corporate Planning, to be Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective April 10, 2012. Gordon is replacing Robert L. Matejka, RPM’s current Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, who will be retiring at the company’s fiscal year end.
Additionally, RPM announced changes within its Finance Department, all of which will take effect April 10, 2012. Keith R. Smiley, currently Vice President – Treasurer and Assistant Secretary, will assume duties of Vice President – Finance and Controller. Matthew T. Ratajczak, currently Vice President – Global Taxes, will assume additional treasury responsibilities as Vice President – Global Taxes and Treasurer. Barry M. Slifstein, currently Vice President and Controller, will assume duties of Vice President – Investor Relations and Planning.
Gordon will oversee all of RPM’s finance functions, including corporate accounting, financial reporting, global tax administration and investor relations. He joined the company as Director of Corporate Development in 1995 and was elected Vice President – Corporate Planning in 2007. Prior to joining RPM, Gordon held various financial positions in corporate treasury and control, as well as in the Specialty Chemicals Division at Goodrich Corp. He previously was an Industrial Engineer at VLSI Technology Inc.