Clorox Appoints VP for Supply Chain

Nestle veteran to apply SCM, technology experience to process, systems project

Oakland, CA  April 18, 2002  The Clorox Co. has named a consumer packaged good veteran to the post of vice president for supply chain.

Mark Richenderfer will join the company as vice president-supply chain, reporting to President and Chief Operating Officer Jerry Johnston, effective May 15, 2002.

Richenderfer, 41, brings more than 16 years of experience in the consumer packaged goods industry, primarily in supply chain management. He comes to Clorox following nine years with Nestle USA, where he most recently served as vice president-supply chain and as a key leader of the company's global process improvement project, including implementation of a SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.

Prior to that, he led Nestle's U.S. process improvement project, which also included a SAP implementation. During his years with the food company, Richenderfer held various positions, including vice president and assistant general manager over logistics and vice president of finance and information systems for the company's pet care division. Prior to joining Nestle, he was with Kraft General Foods for seven years.

"Mark brings leadership, vision and a wealth of hands-on supply chain experience," said Johnston. "His background in supply chain management, technology and finance are a great fit for Clorox. Mark's considerable expertise will be a tremendous asset, particularly as it's applied to 'Project Delta,' Clorox's initiative to build a common worldwide process and systems infrastructure, and to the company's efforts to cut costs everywhere and improve margins."

Separately, Tony Biebl, senior vice president-product supply, has announced he will retire from Clorox, effective May 1, 2002.

"Tony leaves his mark on Clorox, having developed a highly professional organization with an excellent management team and best-practice standards across the product supply network," said Johnston. "He has had a distinguished career with Clorox, and we greatly value the leadership and direction he's provided over the past 21 years."

Biebl, 52, joined Clorox in 1981 as manufacturing manager for the company's food service products operations. He was promoted to general manager-food service products in 1984, was elected vice president-food service products a year later, and was elected vice president-Kingsford products in April 1989. He became vice president-product supply in 1992 and was promoted to senior vice president in 1999.

The Clorox Co. is a $3.9 billion, multinational manufacturer and marketer of household products and products for institutional markets.


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