ADDING MULTIMEDIA Francis J. Malecha to Become President and CEO of Compass Minerals

  ADDING MULTIMEDIA Francis J. Malecha to Become President and CEO of Compass
  Minerals

Business Wire

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- January 7, 2013

Compass Minerals (NYSE:CMP) announced today that Francis J. Malecha, 48, will
become its new president and chief executive officer on January 17, 2013, and
will be appointed to its board of directors.

Francis J. Malecha, 48, has been appointed president and CEO of Compass
Minerals (Photo: Business Wi ...

Francis J. Malecha, 48, has been appointed president and CEO of Compass
Minerals (Photo: Business Wire)

Mr. Malecha joins Compass Minerals with more than 25 years of experience in
agri-business. Most recently he had been chief operating officer-grain of
Viterra Inc., the $7.0 billion global agri-business company. He joined Viterra
in 2000, where his responsibilities included global grain merchandising,
transportation, operations, commodity risk management, and international
merger and acquisition activity. Viterra was acquired by Glencore
International plc in December 2012, and Mr. Malecha was named head of
agricultural products for North America.

“I am thrilled to take the helm at Compass Minerals,” commented Mr. Malecha.
“The company has an exceptional salt franchise, a strong niche in specialty
fertilizers, and the cash flow generation to power opportunities for further
profitable growth.”

Richard Grant of the Compass Minerals board of directors noted, “We are
delighted to have someone with Fran’s leadership capabilities and expertise
step into this role. His experience in Canada, the United States and globally
demonstrates skills very relevant to Compass Minerals in realizing the
potential across our portfolio.”

From 1986 to 2000, Mr. Malecha had a career of increasing responsibility with
General Mills, Inc. in financial and merchandising-management roles. He holds
a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of St. Thomas.

About Compass Minerals

Based in the Kansas City metropolitan area, Compass Minerals is a leading
producer of minerals, including salt, sulfate of potash specialty fertilizer
and magnesium chloride. The company provides highway deicing salt to customers
in North America and the United Kingdom and specialty fertilizer to growers
worldwide. Compass Minerals also produces consumer deicing, water conditioning
and pool products, ingredients used in consumer and commercial foods, and
other mineral-based products for consumer, agricultural and industrial
applications. The company also provides records management services to
businesses throughout the U.K. For more information, visit
www.compassminerals.com.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning
of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are
based on the company's current expectations and involve risks and
uncertainties that could cause the company's actual results to differ
materially. The differences could be caused by a number of factors including
those factors identified in the "Risk Factors" sections of our Annual and
Quarterly Reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q. The company undertakes no obligation
to update any forward-looking statements made in this press release to reflect
future events or developments.

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Contact:

Compass Minerals
Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
913-344-9315
 
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