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ServiceMaster Names David Alexander New President of TruGreen

ServiceMaster Names David Alexander New President of TruGreen

Nation's Largest Lawn Care Service Provider Hires Longtime Retail Executive
With Strong Growth Credentials

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Dec. 11, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The ServiceMaster Company,
one of the world's largest residential and commercial service networks,
announced today that David Alexander has joined the company as president of
its TruGreen subsidiary. He will report to ServiceMaster Chief Executive
Officer Hank Mullany.

"We're excited to welcome Dave to the ServiceMaster family of brands," said
Mullany, who had been serving as interim TruGreen president since October. "He
has an outstanding track record of executive leadership in customer service,
operations, supply chain and driving revenue growth. He's a high-energy
leader, a strong communicator and passionate about developing high-performing,
diverse teams."

Alexander joins TruGreen from Citi Trends, a publicly-traded urban retailer
based in Savannah, Ga. with more than 5,000 employees, 500 stores and three
distribution centers operating in 29 states, where he most recently served as
chief executive officer. Previously, he was a retail consultant for
London-based Apax Partners after serving two years as chairman, president and
chief executive officer of privately-held Portrait Corporation of America.
Prior to that, he served in a variety of executive roles, including president
and chief operating officer, over a 10-year career at Family Dollar Stores,
Inc., now a $9 billion Fortune 500 company with 55,000 employees working in
7,500 stores across the country.

While at Family Dollar, Alexander helped the company achieve consistent
earnings growth and nearly doubled sales, while significantly boosting
productivity in both its retail operations and warehouses.

"Getting TruGreen on track and restoring consistent growth and profitability
to the business is one of our top priorities in 2013," noted Mullany. "We've
made good progress in the past two months as we've reviewed and made
significant improvements to our sales, marketing, staffing and operations
strategies. We're thrilled to bring Dave on board to help us transform
TruGreen into a rapidly growing, best-in-class lawn care service provider."

In addition to more than 10 years as a top corporate executive, Alexander also
has extensive experience in transportation, distribution and logistics. He
graduated from East Tennessee State University with a bachelor's degree in
business administration.

About TruGreen

Memphis-based TruGreen is the nation's largest lawn care company, serving
approximately 2 million residential and commercial customers across the United
States with lawn, tree and shrub care. As the industry leader, TruGreen
continues to pioneer the development of new technology for lawn care and
devotes substantial resources to evaluate new products and equipment. The
company is committed to responsible lawn care, including offering and
promoting the use of natural services and sustainable practices. Today, there
are approximately 250 TruGreen branches in the United States and Canada,
including about 50 franchise locations. TruGreen is a subsidiary of The
ServiceMaster Company, one of the world's largest residential and commercial
service networks. The company's brands include Terminix, TruGreen, American
Home Shield, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic and AmeriSpec.
Go to www.TruGreen.com or www.facebook.com/TruGreen for more information about
TruGreen.

About ServiceMaster

With a global network of more than 6,900 company-owned, franchised and
licensed locations, Memphis-based ServiceMaster is one of the world's largest
residential and commercial service networks. The company's high-profile brands
are Terminix, TruGreen, American Home Shield, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry
Maids, Furniture Medic and AmeriSpec. Through approximately 21,000 corporate
associates and a franchise network that independently employs over 31,000
additional people, the ServiceMaster family of brands provided services and
products to approximately 8.1 million customers during the last twelve months.
Our market-leading brands provide a range of residential and commercial
services including termite and pest control; lawn, tree and shrub care; home
warranties and preventative maintenance contracts; furniture repair; home
inspections; home cleaning; janitorial services; and disaster restoration. Go
to www.servicemaster.com for more information about ServiceMaster or follow us
at twitter.com/ServiceMaster or facebook.com/TheServiceMasterCo.

Peter Tosches

(901) 597-8449

Peter.Tosches@servicemaster.com

Alison Boyle

(901) 597-8978

Alison.boyle@servicemaster.com

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