ACCO Brands Corporation Names Boris Elisman to Succeed Robert Keller as Chief Executive Officer; Keller Will Remain as Executive

ACCO Brands Corporation Names Boris Elisman to Succeed Robert Keller as Chief
         Executive Officer; Keller Will Remain as Executive Chairman

Company On Track to Meet 2012 EPS Guidance and Exceed Cash Flow Generation and
Debt Reduction Targets

PR Newswire

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., Jan. 14, 2013

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., Jan. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ACCO Brands Corporation
(NYSE: ACCO), a world leader in branded office products, today announced that
Boris Elisman will succeed Robert J. Keller as Chief Executive Officer
effective March 31, 2013. Mr. Elisman has served since 2010 as President and
Chief Operating Officer of ACCO Brands, having joined the Company in 2004. Mr.
Keller will remain as Executive Chairman of the Company's Board of Directors.
Mr. Elisman will also join the Company's Board of Directors when he becomes



As President and COO, Mr. Elisman has been instrumental in driving ACCO
Brands' improved performance and positioning the Company for future growth.
He played a leadership role in ACCO Brands' transformative acquisition of the
Mead Consumer and Office Products business, completed last May, which
established the Company as the #1 branded office products company in the world
by sales. In addition, Mr. Elisman is credited with strengthening customer
relationships and spearheading innovative product development to drive market
share growth, and he has instituted a range of initiatives that have optimized
supply chain performance and driven productivity improvements. Prior to
becoming President and COO in 2010, Mr. Elisman led ACCO Brands' Americas

Robert H. Jenkins, the presiding independent director on ACCO Brands' Board,
said, "We are delighted that Boris Elisman will be ACCO Brands' next CEO. Our
Board has worked closely with Bob on a carefully planned succession process to
assure a smooth and seamless transition of leadership. As President and COO,
Boris has worked side-by-side with Bob over the past two years to successfully
develop and execute the Company's strategy, and the timing is now right for
Boris to step into the CEO role.

At the same time, we are very pleased that ACCO Brands will continue to
benefit from Bob's active involvement as Executive Chairman. Four years ago,
Bob took the reins at a challenging time for the Company, ultimately restoring
financial stability and positioning the business for long-term growth. We
thank Bob for his extraordinary leadership," Mr. Jenkins concluded.

Mr. Keller said, "I am proud of what we've accomplished and delighted to pass
the baton to Boris at this exciting time in ACCO Brands' history. Boris has
distinguished himself as a talented and visionary leader with a deep
understanding of the Company's worldwide operations and a strong track record
in delivering results. I know Boris and our team will do a terrific job
building on the significant progress that we've made together in growing our
customer relationships, increasing our channel penetration and expanding our
geographic reach.

"ACCO Brands has entered 2013 in a solid position. The integration of Mead
C&OP is ahead of schedule, and, based on preliminary results, we are on track
to meet our earnings guidance for 2012 that we issued in connection with our
third quarter earnings release, despite continued global economic headwinds.
Importantly, based on stronger than expected free cash flow, we were able to
pay down $200 million in debt in 2012, or $50 million more than previously
anticipated. With a strong foundation in place, I look forward to continuing
to be a part of ACCO Brands' future success," Mr. Keller said.

Mr. Elisman said, "It is an honor to succeed Bob Keller as CEO of ACCO Brands.
Bob led a remarkable turnaround of our business, and it has been a privilege
to be part of it. As we look to the future, we believe there are tremendous
opportunities ahead for ACCO Brands to further enhance our global scale, both
across channels and geographies, to strengthen our portfolio of brands, and to
maximize shareholder value. Our team is focused on continuing to capitalize
on the opportunities created by the Mead C&OP transaction while positioning
ACCO Brands for long-term profitable growth. I am delighted we will continue
to have the benefit of Bob's experience and insights through his continuing
role as Executive Chairman."

About Boris Elisman

Prior to becoming President and COO in 2010, Mr. Elisman, 50, served as
executive vice president of ACCO Brands and president of ACCO Brands
Americas. He joined ACCO Brands in 2004 as president of the Computer Products
Group. Previously, he held senior executive positions in marketing and general
management for the Hewlett-Packard Company. Mr. Elisman's undergraduate and
graduate degrees are from Brown University, and he holds an MBA from the
Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

About Robert Keller

Mr. Keller, 59, initially joined ACCO Brands as a member of the Board of
Directors in 2005. In 2008, he was appointed chairman of the board and
subsequently CEO. Prior to ACCO Brands, Mr. Keller was former president and
chief executive officer of APAC Customer Services, Inc. He assumed that role
after serving as president, Business Services Group, at Office Depot.


ACCO Brands will release fourth quarter 2012 financial results on Wednesday,
February 13, 2013. At 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time the Company will host a
conference call to discuss the results. The call will be broadcast live via
webcast. The webcast can be accessed through the Investor Relations section
of The webcast will be in listen-only mode and will be
available for replay for one month following the event.

About ACCO Brands Corporation

ACCO Brands Corporation is one of the world's largest suppliers of branded
office and consumer products and print finishing solutions. Our widely
recognized brands include AT-A-GLANCE®, Day-Timer®, Five Star®, GBC®, Hilroy®,
Kensington®, Marbig, Mead®, NOBO, Quartet®, Rexel, Swingline®, Tilibra®,
Wilson Jones® and many others. We design, market and sell products in more
than 100 countries around the world. More information about ACCO Brands can be
found at

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements which may constitute "forward-looking"
statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform
Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and
uncertainties, are made as of the date hereof and the company assumes no
obligation to update them. The company's ability to predict results or the
actual effect of future plans or strategies is inherently uncertain. Because
actual results may differ from those predicted by such forward-looking
statements, you should not place undue reliance on them when deciding to buy,
sell or hold the company's securities. Among the factors that could cause our
plans, actions and results to differ materially from current expectations are:
fluctuations in the cost and availability of raw materials; competition within
the markets in which the company operates; the effects of both general and
extraordinary economic, political and social conditions, including any
volatility and disruption in the capital and credit markets; our continued
ability to access the capital and credit markets; the liquidity and solvency
of our major customers; the effect of consolidation in the office products
industry; the dependence of the company on certain suppliers of manufactured
products; the risk that targeted cost savings and synergies from business
combinations may not be fully realized or take longer to realize than
expected; future goodwill and/or impairment charges; foreign exchange rate
fluctuations; the development, introduction and acceptance of new products;
the degree to which higher raw material costs and freight and distribution
costs can be passed on to customers through selling price increases and the
effect on sales volumes as a result thereof; increases in health care, pension
and other employee welfare costs; the risk that anticipated cost savings,
growth opportunities and other financial and operating benefits as a result of
our recent acquisition of the MeadWestvaco's Consumer & Office Products
Business may not be realized or may take longer to realize than expected; the
risk that benefits from our acquisition of MeadWestvaco's Consumer & Office
Products Business may be significantly offset by costs incurred in integrating
the companies; potential adverse impacts from incurring additional
indebtedness in connection with our acquisition of MeadWestvaco's Consumer &
Office Products Business; and potential difficulties in connection with the
process of integrating MeadWestvaco's Consumer & Office Products Business with
the company, which potential difficulties include, but are not limited to,
coordinating geographically separate organizations, integrating business
cultures, which could prove to be incompatible, difficulties and costs of
integrating information technology systems, and potential difficulty in
retaining key officers and personnel. These and other risks are more fully
described under "Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form
10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, and "Part II, Item 1A. Risk
Factors" in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31,
2012, and in other reports we file with the SEC.

SOURCE ACCO Brands Corporation

Contact: Rich Nelson, Media Relations, +1-847-484-3030; Jennifer Rice,
Investor Relations, +1-847-484-3020
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