Safety-Kleen Appoints Robert M. Craycraft as CEO



PLANO, Texas, April 5, 2011 /CNW/ -- Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc., today announced the appointment of Robert "Bob" M. Craycraft II as its new President and Chief Executive Officer effective April 11, 2011. Craycraft is also expected to be elected to the company's Board of Directors.

"Bob brings Safety-Kleen more than 20 years of experience developing successful growth strategies and driving profitability in the U.S. and abroad," said Ronald W. Haddock, chairman of the board of Safety-Kleen. "Importantly, Bob has years of direct experience in industries that are relevant to Safety-Kleen - environmental services, chemicals, and oil and lubricants, so we're very excited about putting his extensive knowledge and experience to work for us."

Craycraft, 41, has most recently been President of Ashland Distribution, a $3.7 billion division of Ashland, Inc., where he led the company's chemicals, plastics, environmental services and composites businesses in North America, Europe and China. Ashland, Inc., is the parent company of Valvoline, which serves the automotive aftermarket with lubricants, chemicals, appearance products, filters and antifreeze.

At Ashland, Inc., Craycraft held numerous senior leadership positions, including Vice President Chemicals, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Do-It-Yourself and Installed Sales at Valvoline, and Vice President Business Transformation at Valvoline. His accomplishments include developing new growth platforms, sales models and supplier arrangements, and driving strategic acquisitions and alliances. Craycraft began his career in sales with Valvoline.

Craycraft graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, and also played four years of varsity football. He will relocate from Columbus, OH, to the Dallas area with his wife and four children.

"Under Bob's leadership, Safety-Kleen will continue to target further growth as North America's premier environmental services organization by leveraging our brand, products, services and exceptional talent to help our customers Make Green Work(TM) for their businesses," Haddock said.


    About Safety-Kleen

Safety-Kleen is a leading North American used oil recycling and re-refining, parts cleaning and environmental solutions company, with approximately 4,200 employees serving more than 300,000 customer locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Safety-Kleen provides a broad set of environmentally-responsible products and services that keep North American businesses in balance with the environment. For more information, please visit or call (800) 669-5740.



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