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 ELGIN, Ill., May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Safety-Kleen Corp.'s (NYSE: SK) board of directors today announced top-level management changes that were approved at the regular quarterly Board Meeting held yesterday.
 Donald W. Brinckman, 62, chairman and chief executive officer, has retained these positions but has relinquished the responsibility of president and chief operating officer, a role he assumed following the untimely death of the company's former president, Joseph F. Knott, in December 1991. Brinckman has been CEO of Safety-Kleen since its inception in 1968.
 Elected to succeed Brinckman as president is John (Jack) G. Johnson Jr., 52, assistant to the chairman. Johnson also becomes chief operating officer, with responsibility for the company's day-to-day operations. In addition, he was elected to the board as a director. This action again increases the size of Safety-Kleen's board of directors to nine.
 The board also elected two new corporate officers and approved their functional responsibilities. F. Henry (Hank) Habicht II, 40, who joined the company earlier this year, has been named senior vice president strategic/environmental planning. In this new position, Habicht is responsible for strategic planning, environmental litigation, regulatory matters, and community/government affairs.
 Hyman Bielsky, 39, assistant general counsel-commercial, has been promoted to senior vice president general counsel. This position is responsible for all corporate legal matters. He replaces Burton E. Ericson, who had been the company's general counsel for the past ten years. Ericson will continue as vice president, and function as assistant to the chairman during this transitionary period until his scheduled retirement later this year.
 Commenting on the board's actions, Brinckman stated that "These new appointments, integrated into our present top management structure, form the framework for management succession that we announced earlier this year. Our company has long been known for the necessary environmental services we provide each year to almost 500,000 customers worldwide. We have also been considered by other observers as a well-managed company, with a strong corporate culture developed during the past 25 years. I believe that the plan we have now implemented will continue to build on these strengths, and assure our continued growth in the years ahead."
 Safety-Kleen Corp., headquartered in Elgin, is the world's largest collector and recycler of automotive and industrial hazardous and non- hazardous waste fluids. The company's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the trading symbol SK.
 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Individual Bio Sketches of the officers highlighted in this release follow/
 Donald W. Brinckman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
 Donald W. Brinckman, president and CEO of Safety-Kleen from 1968 until he was elected chairman and CEO in 1990, has guided the company's growth from initial year revenues of about $100,000 to 1992 revenues of $795.5 million, qualifying it as a FORTUNE 500 company. In December 1991, he was re-elected president following the untimely death of Joseph F. Knott, Safety-Kleen's president for 16 months. On May 13, 1993, following the election of John (Jack) G. Johnson Jr., as president, he again assumed his former functions as chairman and CEO.
 Brinckman holds BS and MBA degrees from Northwestern University. Early in his business career, he was employed by Crane Co. and Outboard Marine Corp., primarily in the areas of marketing research. In 1960, he joined CR Industries, Elgin, Ill., as market research manager; he became manager of planning and distribution in 1962 and was promoted to vice president and general manager of the Replacement Division in 1966.
 While searching for additional products to supplement the line of automotive parts sold by the replacement division, Brinckman found a small parts washer company located in Milwaukee that had a unique marketing strategy, but no resources to implement it. After developing this plan further, he recommended that CR Industries purchase Safety- Kleen, and the acquisition was completed in late 1968. At the time of organization, Brinckman became president of Safety-Kleen, while retaining his duties with the parent company's replacement division until Safety-Kleen was spun of from CR Industries in 1974. In 1979, the company issued its first public stock offering; and in June 1983, Safety-Kleen shares were listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
 Brinckman is a founding member of the American Business Conference, a coalition of emerging growth companies headquartered in Washington. He is also a member of the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce. In 1984, he and the company were selected to receive the first annual Excellence in Corporate Growth Award sponsored by the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Corporate Growth. Brinckman was inducted as a Fellow into the Illinois Business Hall of Fame in September 1986, and in October 1987, he received an honorary Doctor of Business Management degree from Judson College, Elgin. In 1989, he was named Northwood Institute's Business Leader of 1989, and was also honored by "Financial World magazine as a CEO of the Decade. For the past two years, he has been honored as Best Chief Executive by the Wall Street Transcript.
 Brinckman served on the board of managers of Sherman Hospital for ten years, and is now a trustee of Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He is actively involved in the Elgin United Way, and has served as a board member of the Elgin YMCA and the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of Johnson Worldwide Associates, Racine, Wis.; Paychex, Inc., Rochester, N.Y.; and Snap-on Tools Corp., Kenosha, Wis.
 Brinckman and his wife Beverly are parents of five grown children, and reside in Crystal Lake, Ill.
 John G. Johnson Jr., President & Chief Operating Officer
 John (Jack) G. Johnson Jr. joined Safety-Kleen Corp. in January 1992 as assistant to the chairman, primarily responsible for evaluating the company's position as the world's leader in the reclamation and processing of automotive and industrial fluids. On May 13, 1993, the board of directors elected him president of the company, chief operating officer and a director.
 Prior to this, his entire business career of almost 35 years had been with Atlantic Richfield and ARCO Chemical Co.
 After joining Atlantic at ARCO's Philadelphia Refinery in 1958, he progressed through various positions in oil refining, petroleum engineering and manufacturing. In 1980, he was promoted to corporate planning for ARCO in Los Angeles. The following year, he was named vice president of ARCO Chemical, and in 1986, senior vice president with responsibility for business management, marketing and specialty businesses. He became president of ARCO Chemical Americas in 1988, a two-billion-dollar division of Arco Chemical, with responsibility for all company operations in North and South America. He was a member of the board of ARCO Chemical Co. and remained a senior vice president through 1992.
 A native of Philadelphia, Johnson received his bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering through Drexel University's evening program in 1970, and an MBA in 1972. In 1992, Drexel honored him as one of the university's "Top 100 Alumni."
 He presently serves as a member of the board of trustees of Drexel University; a member of the Technical Advisory Committee, University of South Carolina; and a member of the Chemical Manufacturers Association. In addition, he previously served as chairman of the Please Touch Museum for Children in Philadelphia; a member of the Pennsylvania Businessmen's Round Table; and member of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.
 Johnson's family includes his wife Barbara and six daughters.
 F. Henry Habicht II, Senior Vice President
 Strategic/Environmental Planning
 F. Henry (Hank) Habicht II joined Safety-Kleen Corp. in March 1993 as senior vice president. On May 13, 1993, the board of directors elected him as a corporate officer and he was appointed senior vice president strategic/environmental planning for the company. During the prior four years, Habicht served as deputy administrator, in charge of day-to-day management, of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
 From 1983 through 1987, he was assistant attorney general of the United States, responsible for federal environmental enforcement, energy, and natural resources litigation. In addition, he also served as a vice president of William Ruckelshaus and Associates, a former Washington-based environmental law firm, and an associate with Kirkland & Ellis, a major Chicago-based law firm.
 Habicht holds an AB degree from Princeton University, and received his JD degree from the University of Virginia. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Bar of the United States Supreme Court.
 He presently serves on the board of directors of the Environmental Law Institute. In addition, he has served as member or chair of various American Bar Association committees; members of the Legal Advisory Board, Chesapeake Bay Institute; and a Director of the Federal Quality Institute.
 Habicht's family includes his wife Wendy and their daughters Jennifer and Caroline.
 Hyman Bielsky, Senior Vice President, General Counsel
 Hyman Bielsky joined Safety-Kleen Corp. in February 1987 as associate counsel in the company's Legal Department. In 1990, he was promoted to the position of Assistant General Counsel-Commercial, responsible for all legal matters affecting the company's general business matters. On May 13, 1993, the board of directors elected him an officer of the corporation and he was appointed senior vice president general counsel with responsibility for all corporate legal matters.
 In 1976, Mr. Bielsky earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From 1976 to 1978, while continuing his education, he owned and operated a wholesale/retail produce company in Chapel Hill. In 1980, he was awarded his "Juris Doctor" degree, with honors, from UNC. He is currently a member of the Illinois Bar.
 Prior to joining Safety-Kleen, he was an associate at both Matkov, Griffin, Parsons, Salzman & Madoff, and Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather and Geraldson law firms in Chicago, specializing in business and labor litigation, and general commercial matters.
 A native of Charleston, S.C., Mr. Bielsky and his wife Marietta are the parents of two young sons and reside in Wilmette, Ill.
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