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RUBBERMAID NAMES SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT FOR INTERNATIONAL MARKETS

WOOSTER, Ohio, March 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Rubbermaid Incorporated (NYSE: RBD) today announced the election of Leavitt ("Buzz") Ahrens, 52, as Senior Vice President, International for Rubbermaid Incorporated, effective April 1, 1996.

Ahrens comes to Rubbermaid from VF Corporation, where he served most recently as President, Asia-Pacific. He has 30 years of international experience in the consumer products industry, including more than 15 years of residence in Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Prior to his career in consumer goods, Ahrens served as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Navy. His educational degrees include a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University, a Bachelor of International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management, and a Master of Business Administration from The George Washington University, Washington, DC.

"Buzz will oversee our globalization drive at the corporate level and assist our businesses in developing and harmonizing their global strategies," said Wolfgang R. Schmitt, Rubbermaid's chairman and chief executive officer. "He has successfully managed growth businesses in different regions of the world, and his experience in dealing with the realities of building a global consumer presence makes him a strong, complementary addition to our corporate team."

VF markets apparel under the brands Vanity Fair, Jansen, Lee and Wrangler, among others.

Rubbermaid Incorporated, headquartered in Wooster, Ohio, is a multi- national company which manufactures and markets plastic and rubber products, including housewares, recreational, commercial and institutional products; traditional office and computer furniture and accessories; health care products; and Little Tikes toys and juvenile products.
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/CONTACT: Lorrie Paul Crum, Director, Corporate Communications, of Rubbermaid Inc., 216-264-6464, Ext. 2970/

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