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News ReleaseAir Products Announces Executive Moves

February 19, 2008 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Air Products (NYSE:APD) has made the following executive moves:

Deborah A. McCullough has been named vice president, Global Engineering, effective April 2008. She will have overall responsibility for the company’s engineering and equipment manufacturing organizations worldwide. McCullough joined Air Products in 1979 as a participant in the company’s Career Development Program. She held project and design engineering management positions in the company’s Process Systems and Engineering organizations from 1981-1994 followed by various engineering management positions supporting a range of businesses. In 2001 McCullough was named general manager for Gardner Cryogenics―an Air Products unit that manufactures industrial gas distribution and storage equipment. She was named director, Global Operations Asset Management Engineering in 2005 and global hydrogen product supply team manager in 2007. McCullough received a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Bucknell University and an M.B.A. from Lehigh University. She succeeds Bob Conley, who will retire in May.

Norma J. Curby has been appointed vice president, Strategic Planning, responsible for Air Products’ strategic planning, corporate economics and venture investments. Curby joined Air Products in 2001 as vice president, Global Customer Engagement, where she implemented a one company e-commerce customer service organization, as well as managed the company’s interface with its customers and captured their loyalty by creating a voice of the customer work process. Prior to joining Air Products, Curby was employed by Monsanto from 1973 to 1996 where she held several market and product management positions before she was named vice president and general manager of phosphorous and derivatives. Curby was part of the leadership team that established Solutia, Inc., the chemical company spin-off from Monsanto. At Solutia, Curby served as vice president and general manager of phosphorous and derivatives and also vice president, joint ventures. Curby holds a B.S. in civil engineering and an M.S. in engineering management from the University of Missouri at Rolla.

Joseph M. Pietrantonio has been appointed vice president, Global Operations, succeeding Geoff Wyatt, who retired in January. Pietrantonio is responsible for the worldwide leadership and management of Air Products’ gases, chemicals and electronics manufacturing operations. Pietrantonio joined Air Products in 1982 as a participant in the company’s Career Development Program. His early career was spent in engineering and product development positions. During his career, Pietrantonio has held business management positions, including sales roles for Asia and management of the North American tonnage onsites business. In 2002 Pietrantonio moved to Europe as manager of European engineering and equipment manufacturing, and subsequently was appointed vice president, Global Engineering–Europe. He returned to the U.S. in 2004 as vice president, Global Operations–Americas. Pietrantonio graduated from Lehigh University with B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemical engineering and is a graduate of Stanford’s SEP program. He holds two U.S. patents.

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. Air Products has annual revenues of $10 billion, operations in over 40 countries, and 22,000 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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