John J. Zillmer to Retire from Univar

                    John J. Zillmer to Retire from Univar

PR Newswire

REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 20, 2012

REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Univar Executive Chairman John
J. Zillmer announced today that he will retire from the company effective
December 28. William S. Stavropoulos will assume the role of Chairman of the


"In John's role as executive chairman and during his tenure as president and
CEO, Univar experienced tremendous growth with outstanding leadership,
including many successful acquisitions and initiatives that added new
capabilities and increased Univar's global scale," said William S.

"Univar's growth and leadership succession have always been top priorities for
me and the transition of leadership to Erik Fyrwaldis complete," said John J.
Zillmer. "I have the utmost confidence in Erik, his leadership team, and the
company's strategy going forward."

Zillmer will continue to serve on the boards of Reynolds American Inc. and
Ecolab Inc. He will devote additional time and energy to his family's
philanthropic endeavors, the John and Carol Zillmer Foundation, dedicated to
the health and welfare of under-served children around the world.

About Univar

Univar is a global leader in the distribution of chemistry and related
services. Univar represents over 3,500 chemical producers and provides its
customer base, made up of 115,000 customers, with a full portfolio of
products. Univar operates a global network of more than 260 facilities in
North America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, and Latin America, with
additional sales offices located in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and
Africa. In 2011, Univar reported sales of $9.7 billion. For more information,


Contact: Alison Jahn, Director, Public Relations, Univar Inc.,
+1-425-889-3501, mobile, +1-425-505-1768,
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