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Zep Inc. Promotes Valerie Barney to Vice President and Chief Legal Officer and Promotes Jill Gilmer to Corporate Secretary

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Zep Inc. (NYSE:ZEP) , a leading consumable chemical packaged goods company that manufactures a wide variety of high-performance maintenance and cleaning chemicals, today announced that it has promoted Valerie Barney to Vice President and Chief Legal Officer and has also promoted Jill Gilmer to Corporate Secretary.

“I’m pleased to report that based on their respective achievement and continuing professional development, we promoted both Valerie and Jill from within the organization,” said John K. Morgan, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Zep Inc. “Valerie’s expertise in contract and employment law aligns perfectly with her new role as Chief Legal Officer. Jill’s extensive experience and commitment to continuing education in the field of Corporate Governance make her well qualified to be our Corporate Secretary.”

Valerie Barney joined the company in 2012 as Associate General Counsel. She has distinguished her career at Zep Inc. through effective teamwork in support of our businesses, by completing Zep Business System training and by using ZBS tools to drive results. Prior to joining Zep Inc., Valerie was an Associate Attorney at Hunton & Williams LLP where she was our external legal partner. Valerie received her Bachelors and Juris Doctorate degrees from Georgia State University.

Jill Gilmer joined the company in 2002 as Assistant Corporate Secretary. During her tenure at Zep Inc., she has held various roles, including serving as administrator of the company’s director and executive benefit plans, assisting with the company’s investor relations’ program and serving as liaison to the company’s institutional investors on various governance related matters. Additionally, Jill expects to receive her Master’s degree in Jurisprudence with a focus on Corporate Governance this coming spring.

About Zep Inc.

Zep Inc., with fiscal year 2013 net sales of approximately $690 million, is a leading consumable chemical packaged goods company selling a wide variety of high-performance chemicals that help professionals and prosumers clean, maintain and protect their assets. We are focused on the attractive industry dynamics of the transportation market and the industrial maintenance and repair operation (“MRO”) market, which together now comprise approximately 60% of our revenue with the balance derived from sales into the facilities maintenance vertical. We market these products and services under well recognized and established brand names, such as Zep(R), Zep Commercial(R), Zep Professional(R), Zep Automotive(R), Enforcer(R), Misty(R), TimeMist(R), TimeWickTM, Country Vet(R), Original Bike Spirits(R), Blue Coral(R), Black Magic(R), Rain-X(R), Niagara NationalTM, FC Forward Chemicals(R), Rexodan(R), MykalTM, and a number of private label brands. Founded in 1937, some of Zep Inc.’s brands have been in existence since 1896. Zep Inc. is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit our website at

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