SOURCE: Schawk, Inc.

Schawk, Inc.

December 10, 2009 09:00 ET

Eric Ashworth Appointed to Schawk Executive Management Team

Elevates the Role of Strategy Within Company's Brand Point Management Offering

DES PLAINES, IL--(Marketwire - December 10, 2009) - Schawk, Inc. (NYSE: SGK), a leading provider of brand point management services enabling companies of all sizes to connect their brands with consumers to create deeper brand affinity, announced today that it has appointed Eric Ashworth to its executive management team as the Company's chief strategy officer.

Ashworth, who has served Anthem Worldwide, Schawk's strategic design company, as chief strategy officer since 2003, is charged with enhancing the strategic product that is part of the Company's brand point management offering. In this new role as chief strategy officer for the entire Company, he reports directly to Schawk's President and Chief Executive Officer, David A. Schawk.

Schawk defines brand point management as the strengthening of a brand through the delivery of compelling and consistent brand experiences that create greater brand affinity between consumer and brand. Brand point management does this by integrating strategic, creative and executional services.

David A. Schawk stated, "Eric has been instrumental in leading the development of Schawk's strategic offering to clients, and this appointment to our executive management team demonstrates our commitment to enhancing Schawk's strategic capabilities."

Added Schawk, "Elevating the role of strategy and further enhancing our creative resources is a key initiative for Schawk moving forward. Our focus is on the talent required to deliver world-class strategy and creative, whether that talent is acquired, developed or leveraged."

Eric Ashworth commented: "As part of the team that is leading Schawk through a bold, visionary transformation, I will be focusing on how our strategy offering allows us to impact our clients' businesses in ways that add greater value. Recent examples of this include the development of Schawk's retail practice and the ability to offer clients a range of services from on-site brand management roles through comprehensive marketing stewardship."

Added Ashworth, "Schawk is uniquely capable of developing strategic platforms for the next generation of great brands, as well as managing their development and deployment. Not only can we generate the 'big idea,' but we can also manage its manifestation in the marketplace. This 'purity of process' ensures that the big idea is not splintered or diluted across marketing channels or multiple business partners. It amplifies not just the brand, but the investment in the brand."

Prior to joining Anthem Worldwide as chief strategy officer, Ashworth served Fitch Worldwide as chief marketing officer of the Americas, and Levi-Strauss, Clorox and Colgate-Palmolive in brand management positions. He also co-founded Blue Mint Associates, acting as its president prior to Schawk's acquisition of Blue Mint in 2003. Ashworth received an MBA from the University of San Francisco and has served as a guest lecturer on brand strategy at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Schawk, Inc. is the leading provider of brand management services, enabling companies of all sizes to connect their brands with consumers to create deeper brand affinity. With a global footprint of 49 offices, Schawk helps companies create compelling and consistent brand experiences by providing integrated strategic, creative and executional services across brand touch points. Founded in 1953, Schawk is trusted by many of the world's leading organizations to help them achieve global brand consistency. For more information about Schawk, visit http://www.schawk.com. Follow Schawk on http://www.brandsquare.com and http://twitter.com/BrandSquare.

Anthem Worldwide, a Schawk Strategic Design Company, is an integrated global network that provides innovative solutions to articulate, unify and manage brand impact. Anthem creates compelling brand experiences by aligning its strategic, creative and executional talent worldwide with the business needs of companies seeking a competitive advantage. Anthem offers a full range of branding and design services to our clients including Campbell's, Coca-Cola, E-Mart, Foster's, General Electric, Hbc, Kimberly-Clark, Microsoft, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Revlon, Safeway and Unilever. With our network of world-class design professionals in 13 cities, Anthem is presently located in Chicago, Cincinnati, Düsseldorf, Hilversum (The Netherlands), London, Melbourne, New Jersey, New York, San Francisco, Singapore, Sydney, Toronto, and York (U.K.). For more information on Anthem, please visit http://www.anthemww.com. Follow Anthem on http://twitter.com/anthemworldwide.

(A high resolution photograph is available upon request to patti.soldavini@schawk.com.)

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