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Wednesday 30 July, 2008

Fortune Brands Inc

Fortune Brands Elects Ronald V. Waters III to B...

Fortune Brands Inc
                  

Fortune Brands, Inc. (NYSE: FO), the company behind leading consumer brands such
as Jim Beam, Titleist and Moen, today announced that Ronald V. Waters III has
been elected to its board of directors.

Mr. Waters is currently president and chief operating officer of LoJack
Corporation. Prior to joining LoJack in 2007, Mr. Waters was chief operating
officer at Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company. In his seven years at Wrigley, Mr. Waters
also served as chief financial officer. He previously held senior executive
positions at The Gillette Company, and was a partner and practice leader at KPMG
International.

'We are pleased to welcome Ron Waters to the board of Fortune Brands,' said
Bruce Carbonari, president and chief executive officer of Fortune Brands. 'With
his background in consumer packaged goods and unique blend of operating and
financial experience, he will bring a valuable perspective to the work of our
board.'

The election of Mr. Waters is effective today and increases the size of the
Fortune Brands board to ten members.

Mr. Waters is a graduate of Trinity College and earned his masters in accounting
from the Stern School of Business at New York University. In addition to serving
as a director of LoJack, Mr. Waters is also a member of the board of HNI
Corporation.

About Fortune Brands

Fortune Brands, Inc. is a leading consumer brands company with annual sales
exceeding $8 billion. Its operating companies have premier brands and leading
market positions in distilled spirits, home and hardware, and golf products.
Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc. is the company's premium spirits business.
Major spirits brands include Jim Beam and Maker's Mark bourbon, Sauza tequila,
Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Teacher's and Laphroaig Scotch, and
DeKuyper cordials. Home and hardware brands include Moen faucets, Aristokraft,
Omega, Diamond and Kitchen Craft cabinetry, Therma-Tru door systems, Simonton
windows, Master Lock padlocks and Waterloo tool storage sold by units of Fortune
Brands Home & Hardware LLC. Acushnet Company's golf brands include Titleist,
Cobra and FootJoy. Fortune Brands, headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, is
traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol FO and is included
in the S&P 500 Index, the MSCI World Index and the Ocean Tomo 300(TM) Patent
Index.

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