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Swisher International Announces New Executive

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Lee Creasman Jr. joined Swisher International as senior vice president, human relations, effective Sept. 1, 2009, according to J. Thomas Ryan, president and CEO of the company. Lee will replace Barry Drugg who is retiring at the end of July 2009.

"I am pleased that Lee has agreed to join the Swisher family and am confident that we are going to have a smooth transition as he assumes his new role and responsibility," said Ryan in a released statement. "Lee brings a unique set of skills that will prove beneficial to our company and most of all to our employees."

Currently serving as a labor relations attorney and partner with Elarbee, Thompson, Sapp and Wilson LLP, Creasman specializes in labor and employment litigation and labor negotiations, and as had direct involvement with the Swisher International account through Elarbee for more than three years—the firm has represented Swisher for more than 35 years. Prior to joining Elarbee, he served as senior legal counsel and vice president of human relations for an Atlanta-based corporation. Creasman has been with Elarbee for more than 11 years.

"Lee’s experience and leadership role shaped his approach to providing preventative advice and counseling to employers concerning employment related matters. Lee’s practice includes significant experience in representing employers during negotiations on dozens of collective bargaining agreements, serving as both chief spokesperson at the table and in planning and strategic roles," said Ryan.

Creasman received his undergraduate and M.B.A. degrees from Middle Tennessee State University and his J.D. from Emory University in 1983.

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