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DONALD L. THOMPSON ELECTED GROUP VICE PRESIDENT AVERY DENNISON OFFICE PRODUCTS GROUP

 PASADENA, Calif., Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of Avery Dennison Corp. (NYSE: AVY) elected Donald L. Thompson to the position of group vice president, Office Products Group, effective Oct. 1, 1993. Thompson succeeds Donald D. Belcher, who has made a personal decision to seek career opportunities outside the company.
 In his new role, Thompson will have responsibility for establishing the strategic plan and direction of the company's worldwide Office Products Group, which reported worldwide sales of $780 million in 1992, representing 30 percent of the company's total sales. Thompson will report to Philip M. Neal, president and chief operating officer.
 The company's worldwide office products businesses will be reporting to Thompson. These include: in the United States, the Avery, Dennison, K&M, Sales and Customer Operations Divisions; and in Europe, the Cheval, Doret, Myers and Guidex Divisions.
 Since joining the company in 1973, Thompson has served in general management roles in the Avery Label and Soabar organizations. For the past decade, he has been associated with the Office Products Group, serving as vice president and general manager of the company's former 20th Century Products Division and later as vice president and general manager of the Avery Division. Since January, he has served as vice president, Sales and Customer Operations, North America for the Office Products Group.
 Thompson received a bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont and a master's in business administration from Rutgers University.
 Avery Dennison, based in Pasadena, is a leader in pressure-sensitive adhesives and materials, office products, labels, tags, retail systems and specialty chemicals. With 16,000 employees in 200 manufacturing facilities and sales offices in 24 countries, the company serves worldwide consumer and industrial markets with products that mark, decorate, identify, organize and fasten.
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