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News ReleaseAir Products Announces Executive Changes

April 04, 2007 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Air Products (NYSE:APD) has announced the following executive changes: Glenn E. Beck has been named vice president, Enterprise Operations and chief information officer, effective May 2007. In addition to his current responsibility for global Information Technology (IT), Beck also will assume responsibility for the Energy and Materials, Customer Engagement and Supply Chain Management organizations. These organizations currently report to Bill Cantwell, who will retire in May. Beck joined Air Products in 1974 as a participant in the company’s Career Development Program and subsequently held positions in IT operations, application development and project management. Beck was instrumental in the development of the company’s customer service center and implementation of the primary order systems for the gases and chemicals businesses. He also led all of the IT associated with the company’s SAP initiative, an enterprise-wide business software solution. Beck is a Lehigh University graduate with adegree in management science and has completed the Management Information Resource program at Harvard University.

Thomas J. Ward has been named vice president, North America Merchant Gases, effective August 2007. He will have oversight for the growth and profitability of the company’s Merchant Gases division in the U.S. and Canada. Ward joined Air Products in 1981 as a development engineer and subsequently held positions in product management and global marketing, as well as general management within the company’s gases businesses. Ward oversaw the first four releases of SAP in his position as director of SAP. Previously, Ward was vice president, Integrated Supply Chain. He currently is leading the integration of the company’s acquisition of BOC’s Polish industrial gases and equipment business. Ward succeeds Mike McNallen, who will retire in August.

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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 40 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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