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WHITMAN ELECTS DIRECTORS

 WHITMAN ELECTS DIRECTORS
 CHICAGO, May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- At the 1992 Whitman Corp. (NYSE: WH)


annual meeting today, shareholders elected as directors for the coming year: Bruce S. Chelberg, Richard G. Cline, James W. Cozad, Pierre S. du Pont IV, Archie R. Dykes, Helen Galland, C. Jackson Grayson Jr., Walter H. Helmerich III, Donald P. Jacobs, Charles S. Locke, and Harry A. Merlo.
 Shareholders also ratified the selection of KPMG Peat Marwick as independent public accountants.
 Cozad, 65, retired, as planned, as chairman and chief executive officer at the meeting. The board elected Chelberg, executive vice president, to succeed Cozad as chairman and CEO.
 At a meeting of the board of directors before the annual meeting, the board increased the quarterly common dividend to 6.5 cents a share. The new annual rate will be 26 cents a share.
 In a special presentation at the annual meeting, four employees received the Chairman's Award for their outstanding performance in 1991. They are: Geraldine K. Marquart, assistant vice president-risk management, Whitman Corp.; Jim Stanley, regional account executive Western Group, Pepsi-Cola General Bottlers; Glenn Compton, manager, Bridgeton Sheet Metal Fabrication, Hussmann Corp.; and Robert J. Sand, marketing manager, Midas International Corp.
 Whitman Corp.'s major operating companies are Pepsi-Cola General Bottlers, Hussmann Corp., and Midas International.
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 /CONTACT: Whitman corporate communications, 708-818-5000/
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