Public Relations

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Executive Summary

In 1926, the year of the Company's 25th anniversary, King C. Gillette wrote of the Company's flagship product, the safety razor, "There is no other article for individual use so universally known or widely distributed. In my travels, I have found it in the most northern town in Norway and in the heart of the Sahara Desert."

These words could just as easily be written today -- not just about our razors, but also about the wide range of top-selling Gillette products.

From Boston to Bangkok, Johannesburg to Mexico City to Berlin, the modern traveler encounters a Gillette product portfolio far broader, and a worldwide presence far stronger, than any envisioned by the Company's founder. The Gillette Company today is the global market leader in nearly a dozen major consumer products categories, principally in the grooming, alkaline battery and oral care businesses.

In the more than 100 years since the Company was founded, Gillette has gained, held and strengthened leadership positions through the Company's strategy of managing its business with a long-term, global perspective.

This demonstrated ability to generate long-term, profitable growth in a changing global marketplace rests on several fundamental strengths. These include a constantly increasing accumulation of scientific knowledge in core businesses, innovative products that embody meaningful technological advances and an immense manufacturing capability that produces billions of flawless products every year -- reliably, efficiently and cost-effectively.

Transforming innovative ideas into useful daily products sold at a fair price engenders another fundamental Gillette strength -- strong and enduring consumer brand loyalty around the world.

The Gillette Company is a globally focused consumer products marketer that seeks competitive advantage in quality, value-added personal care and personal use products. We are committed to building shareholder value through sustained profitable growth.

The Gillette Company's Vision is to build...