Cornelis JA van Lede, chairman of the board of management and chief executive officer of Akzo Nobel NV, has been elected a director of Sara Lee Corporation, effective immediately.

This appointment is in addition to the 13 directors who were re-elected today at the company's annual meeting of stockholders, and brings the number of Sara Lee Corp directors to 14.

As well as his role at Akzo Nobel, a Netherlands-based manufacturer and distributor of healthcare products, coatings and chemicals, Van Lede also serves as a member of the supervisory board of Sara Lee/DE, a division of Sara Lee based in the Netherlands.