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Ball Announces Retirement of David A. Westerlund

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BROOMFIELD, Colo., May 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) announced today that David A. Westerlund, executive vice president, administration, and corporate secretary, will retire later this year. Westerlund, 60, will conclude a 36-year career with Ball.

"David has been a key driver of our human resources, compliance and administration activities, and throughout his career has played an important role in maintaining our culture and in our overall corporate success," said John A. Hayes, Ball's president and chief executive officer. "He has also served in volunteer leadership positions with the United Way and other community organizations, representing Ball proudly in our local communities, both here in Colorado and in Indiana."

Lisa A Pauley, vice president, administration and compliance, will assume responsibility for the company's human resources, administration and compliance functions. Pauley joined Ball in 1981 in the company's aerospace systems division. She was named Ball Corporation's senior director, administration and compliance, in 2004 and has been vice president, administration and compliance, since 2007.

Ball Corporation is a supplier of high quality packaging for beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 14,500 people worldwide and reported 2010 sales of more than $7.6 billion. For the latest Ball news and for other company information, please visit

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