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News ReleaseAir Products Appoints Lynn Minella Vice President, Human Resources, and Member of Corporate Executive Committee

January 20, 2004 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Air Products (NYSE:APD) has named Lynn C. Minella Vice President, Human Resources, and member of the Corporate Executive Committee, succeeding Leonard V. Broese van Groenou, who will retire at the end of this month after nearly 30 years with the company. Minella brings to Air Products more than 22 years of human resources experience at IBM Corporation, including recruiting, compensation, succession planning, performance management, acquisitions and divestitures, employee relations and resource management.

Minella previously served as Vice President of Human Resources for IBM's Software Group, leading the HR function for global software development and sales. Prior to that, she was Vice President of Human Resources for the Technology Group, assisting the semiconductor technology and packaging solutions businesses. Minella also led the HR function for IBM's Global Services–Americas organization, and held assignments in a broad range of HR disciplines.

John Jones, Air Products' Chairman and CEO said, "With her breadth and depth of expertise, Lynn Minella is truly a leader in the field of human resources. Lynn has orchestrated new approaches to meet new challenges as the business world changes. Her experience is well suited to our needs and the needs of our customers--she understands the issues we face, and she can quickly identify opportunities to further improve our competitiveness through the talent of our global workforce. Lynn will be a tremendous asset to our management team and to Air Products overall."

A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Minella graduated from Cornell University, earning her B.S. degree in industrial and labor relations in 1981. She and her family will relocate from Connecticut.

Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in technology, energy, healthcare and industrial markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of products, services and solutions, providing atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials and chemical intermediates. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment. With annual revenues of $6.3 billion and operations in over 30 countries, the company's 18,500 employees build lasting relationships with their customers and communities based on understanding, integrity and passion. For more information, visit  

NOTE: This release may contain forward-looking statements. Actual results could vary materially, due to changes in current expectations.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Minella's corporate biography and photo are available on Air Products' online news center.  

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