Clorox sues rival SC Johnson for hiring away top product supply executive

Clorox sues SC Johnson for hiring away top exec

MILWAUKEE — The Clorox Co. is suing Racine-based S.C. Johnson & Son Inc. over its hiring of one of its top executives.

Oakland, Calif.-based Clorox says Timothy Bailey worked for the company for 13 years, most recently as its vice president of product supply. Clorox says in the complaint it filed Friday in federal court that Bailey resigned April 14 and said SC Johnson offered him a “very attractive package.”

Clorox says Bailey has intimate knowledge of its global strategies, confidential supplier agreements and top company employees.

SC Johnson spokeswoman Kelly Semrau says Bailey had no nondisclosure agreement with Clorox. She says Bailey will respect Clorox’s confidentiality requirements.

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