ServiceMaster Names David Alexander New President of TruGreen
Nation's Largest Lawn Care Service Provider Hires Longtime Retail Executive With Strong Growth Credentials

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Dec. 11, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The ServiceMaster Company, one of the world's largest residential and commercial service networks, announced today that David Alexander has joined the company as president of its TruGreen subsidiary. He will report to ServiceMaster Chief Executive Officer Hank Mullany.

"We're excited to welcome Dave to the ServiceMaster family of brands," said Mullany, who had been serving as interim TruGreen president since October. "He has an outstanding track record of executive leadership in customer service, operations, supply chain and driving revenue growth. He's a high-energy leader, a strong communicator and passionate about developing high-performing, diverse teams."

Alexander joins TruGreen from Citi Trends, a publicly-traded urban retailer based in Savannah, Ga. with more than 5,000 employees, 500 stores and three distribution centers operating in 29 states, where he most recently served as chief executive officer. Previously, he was a retail consultant for London-based Apax Partners after serving two years as chairman, president and chief executive officer of privately-held Portrait Corporation of America. Prior to that, he served in a variety of executive roles, including president and chief operating officer, over a 10-year career at Family Dollar Stores, Inc., now a $9 billion Fortune 500 company with 55,000 employees working in 7,500 stores across the country.

While at Family Dollar, Alexander helped the company achieve consistent earnings growth and nearly doubled sales, while significantly boosting productivity in both its retail operations and warehouses.

"Getting TruGreen on track and restoring consistent growth and profitability to the business is one of our top priorities in 2013," noted Mullany. "We've made good progress in the past two months as we've reviewed and made significant improvements to our sales, marketing, staffing and operations strategies. We're thrilled to bring Dave on board to help us transform TruGreen into a rapidly growing, best-in-class lawn care service provider."

In addition to more than 10 years as a top corporate executive, Alexander also has extensive experience in transportation, distribution and logistics. He graduated from East Tennessee State University with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

About TruGreen

Memphis-based TruGreen is the nation's largest lawn care company, serving approximately 2 million residential and commercial customers across the United States with lawn, tree and shrub care. As the industry leader, TruGreen continues to pioneer the development of new technology for lawn care and devotes substantial resources to evaluate new products and equipment. The company is committed to responsible lawn care, including offering and promoting the use of natural services and sustainable practices. Today, there are approximately 250 TruGreen branches in the United States and Canada, including about 50 franchise locations. TruGreen is a subsidiary of The ServiceMaster Company, one of the world's largest residential and commercial service networks. The company's brands include Terminix, TruGreen, American Home Shield, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic and AmeriSpec. Go to www.TruGreen.com or www.facebook.com/TruGreen for more information about TruGreen.

About ServiceMaster

With a global network of more than 6,900 company-owned, franchised and licensed locations, Memphis-based ServiceMaster is one of the world's largest residential and commercial service networks. The company's high-profile brands are Terminix, TruGreen, American Home Shield, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic and AmeriSpec. Through approximately 21,000 corporate associates and a franchise network that independently employs over 31,000 additional people, the ServiceMaster family of brands provided services and products to approximately 8.1 million customers during the last twelve months. Our market-leading brands provide a range of residential and commercial services including termite and pest control; lawn, tree and shrub care; home warranties and preventative maintenance contracts; furniture repair; home inspections; home cleaning; janitorial services; and disaster restoration. Go to www.servicemaster.com for more information about ServiceMaster or follow us at twitter.com/ServiceMaster or facebook.com/TheServiceMasterCo.

Peter Tosches

(901) 597-8449

Peter.Tosches@servicemaster.com

Alison Boyle

(901) 597-8978

Alison.boyle@servicemaster.com

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