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February 14, 2008
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H.B. Fuller Co. has announced that James R. Giertz will join the company as senior vice president and chief financial officer on Mar. 3, 2008. Giertz, 51, of Eden Prairie, MN, most recently served as senior managing director and chief financial officer at GMAC ResCap. Prior to that, Giertz was employed by Donaldson Company Inc. During his 12 years with the publicly traded $1.9 billion filtration manufacturer, he served as senior vice president and chief financial officer, and senior vice president of commercial and industrial products. In the latter position, Giertz oversaw a group of global businesses that generated $700 million in annual sales, achieving a 10% compound annual growth rate during his six-year tenure in that position.

In addition, Giertz has experience with General Motors Corp. where he served as assistant treasurer of the company's operations, and also held several international treasury positions in Canada and Europe. He earned a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University and a master’s of business administration from Harvard University.

"We are delighted to welcome Jim to H.B. Fuller,” said Michele Volpi, H.B. Fuller president and chief executive officer. “His impressive experience and broad background in both operations and finance are an excellent fit for our company. He brings a valuable perspective to growth, hands-on experience in mergers and acquisitions, and premier financial leadership skills. He will play a key role in further developing and executing our growth strategies, and we look forward to working with him."

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