Schweitzer-Mauduit Chairman to Retire, Successor Named

Nov. 11, 2008 - Schweitzer-Mauduit International today said that Wayne H. Deitrich, Chairman of the Board and CEO will retire on December 31, 2008, and that Frederic Villoutreix will become Chairman of the Board and CEO on January 1, 2009.

Deitrich has served as chairman and CEO since the November 30, 1995 spin-off from Kimberly-Clark Corporation.

Deitrich joined Kimberly-Clark in 1970 and held various operations positions and mill manager assignments as well as managing the commercialization of new products. Beginning in 1987, he was promoted to positions of increased responsibility including vice president, North American Pulp and Paper Sector, president of Neenah Paper, president of the Paper Sector, and president of the Specialty Products business units in the U.S. and France.

Villoutreix, 44, joined Schweitzer-Mauduit on December 7, 2005, was elected chief operating officer on February 1, 2006 and served as interim president, French Operations from December 2006 to June 2007. He was elected to the Board of Directors in June 2007 and relocated to the U.S. in June, 2008. Previously, he was employed by Compagnie de Saint-Gobain, a leading French multi-national producer and distributor of engineered materials, where he had worked since 1990.

Villoutreix held key management positions in Europe and the United States with Saint-Gobain, including general manager, World Construction Products and Stone, Luxemburg (2001-2004), and lastly, vice president, Abrasives Europe and Coated Abrasives World (2004-2005) with 33 operating locations.

Villoutreix holds a Master's Degree in Science and Engineering, with a major in Economics from Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France, and a Ph.D in Engineering and Management from Ecole des Mines, Paris, France.

Schweitzer-Mauduit International is a diversified producer of premium specialty papers and the world's largest supplier of fine papers to the tobacco industry. It also manufactures specialty papers for use in other applications.

SOURCE: Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc.

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