PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Crown Cork & Seal Company, Inc.
(NYSE: CCK; Paris Bourse) announced today that Hugues du Rouret, 63, has been
elected to the Company's Board of Directors. Mr. du Rouret is an
international business consultant, and until last year he was Chairman and
Managing Director of Shell France and a director of Shell Chemical Europe,
both affiliates of the Royal Dutch Group. With this appointment, the Board
now has 11 members.
Mr. du Rouret has extensive international business experience. He has
served at Royal Dutch/Shell for 36 years in positions across Africa and Europe
of increasing responsibility and management roles. In May 2001, Mr. du Rouret
was appointed -- by Government decree -- French Counselor to the French
Minister of Foreign Trade.
John W. Conway, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are
extremely pleased to have someone of Hugues caliber join the Board. His
expertise in international business and markets will give the Board added
depth and dimension. We are confident Hugues' insight and business experience
will enable Crown to remain the leader in rigid consumer packaging."
Mr. du Rouret currently serves on several Boards, including Gras Savoye,
an international insurance brokerage firm and Banque Saint-Olive, a private
investment bank. He also represents the French oil industry as an elected
member of the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is Chairman of the Board
of the European Management School and serves as a member of the Board of
Universite Paris X. Additionally, Mr. du Rouret is a member of the
International Trade Commission and the Economic and Finance Commission.
Mr. du Rouret holds an E.S.C.P. ("Etudes Superieures Economiques et
Financieres") graduate degree from the Paris Management Business School. He
is fluent in French, Italian and English.
Crown Cork & Seal is a leading supplier of packaging products to consumer
marketing companies around the world. World headquarters are located in
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CONTACT: Tim Donahue, Senior Vice President, Finance of Crown Cork & Seal, +1-215-698-5100, or Ed Bisno of Edelman Financial, +1-212-704-8212