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  • steve_382 steve_382 Nov 22, 2010 7:44 AM Flag

    Washow retiring

    Hope the new guy doesn't change a thing. Larry as done a great job.


    HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL--(Marketwire - 11/22/10) - AMCOL International Corporation (NYSE:ACO - News) today announced that President, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Lawrence E. Washow, will retire from these positions effective December 31, 2010 following 32 years of distinguished service. AMCOL also announced the promotion of Chief Operating Officer Ryan F. McKendrick to the positions of President and Chief Executive Officer as of January 1, 2011. In addition, AMCOL announced that the Board has elected Mr. McKendrick to the Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2011. Mr. McKendrick will serve as a Class II director and is expected to serve on the Executive Committee.

    Mr. Washow was named a director of AMCOL in 1998 and became President and Chief Executive Officer in 2000. During his tenure as President, company sales increased from $250 million in 1999 to more than $700 million in 2009.

    Mr. Washow commented, "It has been a privilege to lead this great company for the past ten years. I am proud of our accomplishments and the initiatives we have put in place and I have great confidence in AMCOL's future."

    "The Board thanks Larry Washow for his leadership and dedicated service over his 32 year career with AMCOL," said John Hughes, Chairman of the Board. Mr. Hughes continued, "Larry is leaving the company in strong financial shape with an experienced management team."

    "Going forward, the Board looks forward to working with Ryan McKendrick in his new role as CEO," said Mr. Hughes. Mr. McKendrick has been with AMCOL for a total of 25 years. Mr. McKendrick has served as Chief Operating Officer since January 1, 2010. Previously, Mr. McKendrick led AMCOL's Environmental segment for 11 years. Mr. Hughes commented, "The Board promoted Ryan based on his proven record of success at AMCOL, his leadership skills and his strong understanding of the company's businesses."

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    • I guess Larry wanted to pick up a few bucks with a side job to pay for his golfing or whatever after his retirement.



      First Midwest Bancorp names new director
      By Becky Yerak
      Posted today at 8:19 a.m.

      First Midwest Bancorp Inc., the $8.38 billion-asset parent of First Midwest Bank, has named Amcol International Chief Executive Lawrence Washow to its board of directors.
      “Larry brings extensive managerial experience and business judgment to our board,” the Itasca-based banking company said.

      Washow joined Hoffman Estates-based Amcol in 1978. He has been CEO since 2000 and just announced his retirement effective Dec. 31. Publicly traded Amcol, which had 2009 sales of more than $700 million, makes specialty minerals for markets that include metalcasting, detergents, pet products, building materials and personal care.

      First Midwest has about 100 branches in 64 communities, mostly in the Chicago area.