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RPM Finishes Names Timothy Kinser VP Operations


November 12, 2021 | Bill Esler

Medina, OH—RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM) says it established a long-term manufacturing, procurement, environmental, health, and safety team, to be led by Timothy R. Kinser, who was appointed VP operations.

Kinser joined RPM in June 2019 as VP and chief restructuring officer and was previously a member of the consulting team that helped design and implement the company’s MAP to Growth operating improvement program. RPM credits Kinser with $320 million in savings annually, beating projections by $30 million. Kinser set up a center-led procurement effort, and instituted lean manufacturing disciplines and continuous improvement measurements into RPM’s operating culture.

In his new role, Kinser will be responsible for the company’s manufacturing, supply chain, and environmental, health and safety functions across all RPM business segments. Kinser had been VP procurement since 2018. Previously Kinser was executive VP operations for DAP Products Inc., an RPM operating company that manufactures and markets caulks, sealants, and adhesives. Prior to joining DAP in 2007, he was executive director of manufacturing at a leading North American roofing manufacturer and also spent more than a decade in various manufacturing and operations positions at Florida Power & Light. Kinser earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Akron.

“Tim has successfully contributed to RPM through very challenging environments of a restructuring, global pandemic and severe supply chain disruptions,” says Frank C. Sullivan, RPM chairman and CEO. “He is well suited to take on the additional responsibilities of his new role and lead the critical aspects of our business operations.”

RPM International Inc. owns subsidiaries in specialty coatings, sealants, building materials, and related services. The company operates across four reportable segments: consumer, construction products, performance coatings, and specialty products. RPM has a diverse portfolio with hundreds of market-leading brands, including Rust-Oleum, Zinsser, and Varathane. At IWF, RPM is frequently represented by its RPM Wood Finishes Group’s Mohawk Finishing Products. That group’s brands also include FinishWorks, Guardian Production Products, and Morrells. The company employs approximately 15,500 individuals worldwide.


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