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News ReleaseAir Products Announces Executive Appointments

November 13, 2006 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Air Products (NYSE:APD) has announced the following executive appointments:

George G. Bitto has been named vice president and treasurer, effective immediately. He is responsible for corporate finance, financial planning and analysis, pension and savings plan investments and treasury operations. Previously, Bitto was vice president and controller for the company's Gases and Equipment Group. He joined Air Products in 1987 and held a variety of financial analysis and controllership positions within the Finance and Treasury departments, and later served as general manager of the company's North America Liquid Bulk business. Bitto is an electrical engineering graduate of Villanova University with an M.B.A in finance from the Wharton School of Business. He succeeds Laurie K. Stewart.

Laurie K. Stewart has been named vice president and controller for Air Products' new Tonnage Gases, Equipment and Energy Division, effective immediately. She also has responsibility for coordinating resources and career development for the company's global Decision Support organization, including leadership of its M.B.A. Career Development Program. Stewart joined Air Products as vice president and corporate treasurer in August 2003. Previously, she was vice president and treasurer for Pennzoil-Quaker State Company before Shell Oil Company acquired it in late 2002. Prior to her Pennzoil experience, Stewart spent 12 years at Marathon Oil Company in a broad range of financial assignments.

Wilbur W. Mok has been appointed president, Air Products Asia, effective immediately. He has overall responsibility for leadership and coordination of Air Products' Asian activities supporting the company's global strategic initiatives. Previously president, Air Products China, Mok replaces Robert D. Dixon, who was recently named to the new position of vice president and general manager, Merchant Gases. Mok joined Air Products in 1986 as a financial analyst in the International Controllership organization and subsequently held various engineering and commercial positions in the U.S., China and Hong Kong SAR (Special Administrative Region). He is an electrical engineering graduate of Northwestern University with an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Chicago.

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Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in industrial, energy, technology and healthcare markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, and equipment and services. 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 and is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good Indices. The company has annual revenues of $9 billion, operations in over 30 countries, and over 20,000 employees around the globe. For more information, visit

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

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