K-C shakes up European leadership

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Kimberly-Clark Corp., Irving, Texas, announced a leadership shake-up Monday. The move followed recent subpar results, particularly in Europe, that have led the company to report quarterly earnings below analysts' expectations. Robert P. Van Der Merwe, 45, formerly president-North American feminine care sector, was named president-Europe. Timothy J. Lehman, 40, formerly president-North American child care sector, will succeed Mr. Van Der Merwe as president-North American feminine care. Thomas J. Falk, 39, group president-North American tissue, pulp and paper, will add similar responsibility for Europe. Kathi P. Seifert, 49, group president, North American personal care products, will take over the European business, too. John A. Van Steenberg, 51, formerly president of K-C's European consumer and away-from-home business, will become president-global development, with responsibility for developing countries.

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