G&K Services CEO to Take Temporary Medical Leave

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 22, 2012-- G&K Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: GKSR) announced today that its Chief Executive Officer, Douglas A. Milroy, will be taking a planned temporary medical leave, starting February 29, 2012 to treat an aortic aneurism. The company expects that Milroy will recover fully within four to six weeks and will completely resume his normal duties upon his return.

Milroy will continue to serve as G&K’s Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors, and will, as circumstances allow during his recovery, remain actively involved in the Company’s operations and business. Given the expected short duration of Milroy’s leave, the Board of Directors has decided that G&K’s Executive Management team will jointly be responsible for the day-to-day business decisions and operations of the company.

“We wish Doug the best for a full and speedy recovery and look forward to his quick return,” said Lenny Pippin, G&K’s Chairman of the Board. “Both Doug and the Board have full confidence in our very capable management team to run day-to-day operations and business during Doug’s brief leave, and continue driving solid results against our game plan,” concluded Pippin.

About G&K Services, Inc.

G&K Services, Inc. is a service-focused market leader of branded uniform and facility services programs in the United States, and is the largest such provider in Canada. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, G&K Services has over 7,500 employees serving approximately 165,000 customers from over 160 facilities in North America. G&K Services is a publicly held company traded over the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol GKSR and is a component of the Standard & Poor’s SmallCap 600 Index. For more information on G&K Services, visit the company’s web site at www.gkservices.com.

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Information concerning potential factors that could affect future financial results is included in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended July 2, 2011.

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