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Valassis’ Schultz Receives Regional Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

June 10, 2011
LIVONIA, MI—June 10, 2011—Valassis, one of the nation’s leading media and marketing services companies, announced that Alan F. Schultz, Valassis chairman, president and CEO, has been named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Michigan and Northwest Ohio region. Schultz received the award on Thursday, June 9, 2011 as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Entrepreneur of the Year program.

Recognized globally, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. The program has been expanded to commend business leaders in more than 140 cities and more than 50 countries throughout the world.

As the Michigan/Northwest Ohio winner in the Turnaround category, Schultz is now a candidate for the National Entrepreneur of the Year award, which will be announced at the annual Ernst & Young awards event in November 2011 in Palm Springs, CA.

“It has been my privilege to serve the more than 7,000 Valassis employees who have created our unique culture that makes this award possible,” said Schultz. “Like everything we do at Valassis, we are all in it together. We have created a culture that values innovation, risk-taking and provides more value to consumers than anyone in the world."

Schultz values an employee-focused, inclusive culture. Valassis won 12 culture awards in 2010, including InformationWeek 500 Top Technology Innovators, FORTUNE magazine’s list of the "100 Fastest-Growing Companies" and numerous "top workplace" designations. In addition, Valassis has a culture of “giving back” to the community.

Through a 26-year-partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), the company has donated over $450 million in media with our “Have You Seen Me?” program featuring photos of missing children on our products. Over 43,000 leads have been generated and of the more than 2,400 children featured in our photo program, more than 1,300 have been recovered through this and other efforts.

Schultz has been chairman, president and CEO of Valassis since 1998. Under his leadership, the company has nearly quadrupled revenues, significantly diversified its customer base and product portfolio and evolved into a $2 billion plus global marketing services powerhouse. Today, it offers blended media solutions to over 15,000 advertisers in a wide-variety of industries.

In 2007, Schultz led the company through a $1.2 billion acquisition and integration of ADVO Inc., the nation’s leading direct mail media company. The successful integration and significant improvements to this business have contributed greatly to the company’s strong financial performance.
 

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