Business Editors LINCOLN, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 8, 1999--A.T. Cross Company (ASE:ATX) today announced that David G. Whalen will join the Company as President and Chief Executive Officer. Whalen was most recently President-North America of Ray-Ban Sun Optics, a division of Luxottica Group s.p.a. (NYSE:LUX). He will join Cross on November 15. At that time, Russell A. Boss will assume the position of Chairman of the Board and Bradford R. Boss will become Chairman Emeritus. Upon his arrival, Whalen will also join Cross' Board of Directors, and Mr. Andries van Dam will resign from the board. Mr. van Dam will continue to provide advice and consultation on the Company's efforts in pen computing. Prior to becoming President-North America of Ray-Ban Sun Optics, Whalen spent 8 years at Bausch & Lomb, Inc (NYSE:BOL) where he held various positions, including Corporate Vice President and President of the North America Eyewear Division. At Bausch & Lomb, Whalen was also responsible for global marketing and new product development for six sunglass brands, including the flagship Ray-Ban(R). He spent several years in Europe with initial responsibility for Bausch & Lomb's U.K. operations and ultimately as President of the Europe, Middle East and Africa division. Prior to Bausch & Lomb, Whalen worked at the G. Heilman Brewing Company, Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Inc. and the General Foods Corporation. Retiring CEO, Russell Boss, commented: "Dave's experience in leading an upscale sunglass business for Bausch and Lomb fits well with A.T. Cross' present position as a leader in the upper end of the writing instrument industry. His worldwide experience in sales, marketing and administration were highly desirable elements in meeting Cross' search committee requirements." Whalen is a graduate of Trinity College and received an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. A.T. Cross Company is a major international manufacturer of fine writing instruments. The Company also manufactures pen computing products.
DAVID G. WHALEN NAMED PRESIDENT & CEO OF A.T. CROSS COMPANY
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