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ACCO Brands Announces Changes to Board of Directors

Monday, April 05, 2010

ACCO Brands Announces Changes to Board of Directors12:42 EDT Monday, April 05, 2010 LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. (Business Wire) -- ACCO Brands Corporation (NYSE: ABD), a world leader in select categories of branded office products, announced today that its Board of Directors has nominated Kathleen S. Dvorak and Sheila Talton for election as directors at the company's 2010 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. In addition, Dr. Patricia O. Ewers will step down from the ACCO Brands Board of Directors following the annual meeting. Ms. Dvorak is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Richardson Electronics, Ltd., a global provider of engineered solutions and distributor of electronic components serving the RF (radio frequency) and wireless communications, electron device, industrial power conversion and display systems markets. Previously, she had been Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of United Stationers, Inc., an office products wholesaler and distributor, from 2001 until 2007. Prior to that, she served in various positions in United Stationers' finance operations. Ms. Dvorak has an MBA degree in Finance from DePaul University, and a Bachelor's of Science degree in Education from Northern Illinois University. She serves on the Board of Directors of Marianjoy, Inc., which operates more than 100 health and shelter service organizations in four states. She is also a member of the Board of Executive Advisors of the College of Business at Northern Illinois University. Ms. Talton has been Vice President, Office of Globalization, for Cisco Systems, Inc., a leading global supplier of Internet Protocol-based networking and other products, since 2008. From 2004 to 2008 she also held vice president positions in Cisco's Advisory Services and China groups following an extensive career in the information technology industry. Prior to joining Cisco, Ms. Talton served in multiple roles with EDS, including as President of its Business Process Innovation Global Consulting Practice. Previously, she was a Vice President in the Midwest Technology Practice for Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. In 1987, she founded Unisource Network Services, one of the first independent information technology firms specializing in the integration of voice, data, and video communication platforms. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation, and was previously a director of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Lighthouse for the Blind. Ms. Talton has received numerous honors and awards, including being named Business Leader of Color by Chicago United, and Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Federation of Black Women Business Owners. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Speech Communications from Northern Illinois University. Dr. Patricia O. Ewers was not nominated for re-election at the 2010 Annual Meeting because she has reached the Board's mandatory retirement age. Prior to her retirement in July 2000, she had served as President of Pace University, having been the fifth president and the first woman to lead the university. Dr. Ewers was formerly chief academic officer and a professor of English at DePaul University. She is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, where she was awarded a Ph.D. in English. She has been a director of Fortune Brands, Inc., the American General Life Insurance Company of New York, and the United States Life Insurance Company. “We are fortunate to be able to nominate these two exceptionally talented and experienced individuals to our board,” said Robert J. Keller, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ACCO Brands. “Kathleen Dvorak knows our industry well, and we look forward to her insights from her perspective as a chief financial officer at two publicly held companies. Sheila Talton has extensive experience in global operations and has been a successful business leader and entrepreneur in the information technology industry. Our board deliberations will be enriched by their contributions. “On behalf of the board, I'd like to thank Pat Ewers for her nearly five years of service to ACCO Brands,” Keller continued. “Having served on our Board since we became a public company in August, 2005, Pat helped guide us with dedication and passion, and made a lasting contribution to ACCO Brands and an indelible impression on both her fellow directors and the company's employees. She deserves our utmost thanks." About ACCO Brands Corporation ACCO Brands Corporation is a world leader in select categories of branded office products. Its industry-leading brands include Day-Timer®, Swingline®, Kensington®, Quartet®, GBC®, Rexel, NOBO, and Wilson Jones®, among others. Under the GBC brand, the company is also a leader in the professional print finishing market.