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Ansell Names Tom Thornton as Director of Sales as Brent Rossi Retires

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

RED BANK, NJ - Ansell Healthcare announced the appointment of Tom Thornton as the Director of Sales, Occupational U.S. He will replace Brent Rossi who retired in September after 35 years with the company.

Thornton joins Ansell from Gojo Industries where he served as vice president of sales. He was responsible for the sanitary channel, representing a large percentage of Gojo's North American revenue. Prior to Gojo, Thornton held positions of executive director of sales with American Greetings and a general manager and vice president for the consumer imaging division of the Eastman Kodak Company.

In his role with Ansell, Thornton will be responsible for the occupational U.S. regional sales teams and the development and implementation of the strategic sales initiatives.

"Brent has been a valuable asset to Ansell over the years and was instrumental in transforming our U.S. sales team. His contributions and leadership will be dearly missed," said Bob Gaither, vice president of sales and marketing, Ansell Healthcare. "Our company is very fortunate to have someone of Tom's caliber to step in and fill this important role."

Rossi started his career with Ansell in 1973 as a territory manager in Minneapolis. In 1977, he relocated to Atlanta as the southern regional sales manager and was promoted in 2001 to his current position as director of sales.

For more information about Ansell and its line of protective gloves and apparel, visit the Ansell Web site at or contact Customer Service at 800/800-0444.

About Ansell Limited
Celebrating more than 100 years, Ansell has long been recognized for the innovations and leadership it has provided the hand protection and safety apparel industry. Besides high quality products, the company offers a comprehensive business solutions approach to help manufacturers achieve their cost reduction mandates. Ansell personal protective clothing (PPC) specialists work directly with corporate and plant representatives to develop highly effective programs with quantifiable results.

With its regional headquarters for its operations in the Americas located in Red Bank, New Jersey and with operations in Canada, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Australia, Ansell serves a wide range of industries, including chemical manufacturing and refining, automotive, construction, food processing, general industrial, pharmaceutical, paper, white goods, semiconductor and electronics manufacturing, and primary metals. Visit Ansell online at

For more information, contact:
Lara Kretler
Fahlgren Mortine Public Relations for Ansell

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