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DURACELL INTERNATIONAL NAMES PERRIN PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

 DURACELL INTERNATIONAL NAMES PERRIN
 PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
 BETHEL, Conn., April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Charles R. Perrin, 46, was today elected president and chief operating officer of Duracell International Inc. (NYSE: DUR) by the company's board of directors. Perrin will report to C. Robert Kidder, 47, chairman and chief executive officer, who will retain responsibility for the company's overall strategic and financial objectives.
 Kidder emphasized that he will continue to actively manage the company and that the broadening of Perrin's role does not signal any fundamental change in his own long-term leadership of Duracell. He described Perrin's new responsibilities as, "A natural part of the growth of Duracell and a step that helps ensure the strength of our management team."
 In the new position, Perrin will work closely with Kidder to develop business strategies and will have primary responsibility for execution of the company's global operating plans. At the same time, Kidder will focus on long-term objectives related to financial goals, corporate strategy, capital structure, new product development and human resource matters, the company said.
 Reporting to Perrin will be Charles Kiernan, who has been appointed president, Duracell U.S.A. effective today; Petar Schatz, president, Duracell Europe; David Bluestein, president, Duracell International Development Markets, and Garry Belanger, president, Duracell Canada.
 Discussing the decision, Kidder said the demands on his time have increased substantially since the company went public in May, 1991. He said Perrin's appointment as chief operating officer will help focus resources on executing the company's global strategic priorities while allowing the chairman and chief executive officer time to concentrate on developing long-term initiatives.
 "This is a natural step in our evolution as a public company," Kidder said. "With a chief operating officer like Charlie Perrin, we can ensure that our global strategic priorities are being met in a coordinated fashion, without sacrificing the quality of thought or attention being paid to new strategic developments. I personally look forward to working with Charlie in the years ahead to strengthen our position as the leading consumer battery company in the world," he added.
 Perrin most recently served as president and chief operating officer of Duracell North America and International Development Markets. Along with Kidder and Schatz, he is one of three Duracell employees to sit on the company's board of directors. He joined Duracell in 1985 as president, Duracell U.S.A. Prior to Duracell, he was president of Chesebrough Pond's Ragu Foods Division and he has held other marketing and sales positions with Chesebrough Pond's and General Foods Corporation. He holds a B.A. from Trinity College and an M.B.A. from Columbia Graduate School of Business.
 Perrin lives in Ridgefield, Conn. with his wife, Sheila, and their two sons.
 Duracell International Inc., based in Bethel, is the parent company of Duracell Inc., the global leader in the manufacturing and marketing of consumer alkaline batteries. The company sells its products primarily under the DURACELL battery brand name.
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