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Zep Announces Resignation of Chief Operating Officer

Zep Announces Resignation of Chief Operating Officer

COO Position Eliminated Following Recent Decentralization of Company and Continued Efforts to Cut Costs

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Zep Inc. (NYSE:ZEP), a leading producer, marketer, and service provider of a wide range of cleaning and maintenance solutions, today announced that William A. Holl, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, has resigned and will be leaving the Company in the near future. This decision follows the recent decentralization of Zep, which places more operating authority in the hands of eight business leaders, as well as non-sales workforce reductions and other actions to reduce costs.

“After many discussions about the new economic realities we face and the most effective structure for Zep in the future, Bill and I together concluded the Company should continue to take action to reduce costs through the elimination of the COO role,” said John K. Morgan, Chairman, President, and CEO. “Bill leaves a legacy of achievement and impressive results, including his role in the realignment of the operating structure as well as the Company’s successful transition to becoming an independent public company. Zep is extremely grateful for his service.”

Holl added, “Zep is a great organization and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. I look forward to following the success of the Company as I move on to the next stage of my career.”

Morgan concluded by noting Mr. Holl will remain with the Company through the transfer of his former operating responsibilities to Zep’s various business leaders and the Chief Marketing Officer.

About Zep Inc.
Zep Inc., with fiscal year 2008 net sales of over $574 million, is a leading producer, marketer, and service provider of a wide range of cleaning and maintenance solutions for commercial, industrial, institutional, and consumer end-markets. Zep's product portfolio includes anti-bacterial and industrial hand care products, cleaners, degreasers, deodorizers, disinfectants, floor finishes, sanitizers, and pest and weed control products. The Company markets these products and services under well recognized and established brand names, such as Zep®, Zep Commercial®, Zep Professional, Enforcer®, National Chemical®, and Selig®, some of which have been in existence for more than 70 years. Zep is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit the Company’s website at http://www.zepinc.com/

Zep Inc.Company Contact:Jill Gilmer, 404-605-8614