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Air Products Announces Executive Appointments

Published on 2007-09-28. Author : SpecialChem

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa. -- Air Products (NYSE: APD - News) announced that its Board of Directors has elected Stephen J. Jones as vice president, general counsel and secretary, and M. Scott Crocco as vice president and corporate controller. Both appointments are effective October 1.

Mr. Jones, currently vice president and associate general counsel, will report to John E. McGlade, Air Products' president and chief executive officer as of October 1. He replaces W. Douglas Brown, vice president, general counsel and secretary, who announced in January his plans to retire this year. Mr. Brown joined Air Products in 1975 and held a variety of leadership positions over his 32 years with the company. He has served as general counsel and secretary since February 1999 and will retire on September 30.

Mr. Jones joined Air Products as a lawyer in 1992 and served in the Law Group for several years before moving into the company's Energy and Process Industries Division as California area manager for tonnage gases with responsibility for the company's hydrogen activities on the West Coast. In 2003, he was named vice president and general manager of the Industrial Chemicals Division where he was responsible for the methylamines, higher amines and polyurethane intermediates businesses on a global basis. He was named vice president and associate general counsel in January 2007.

Mr. Jones received his law degree in 1989 from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Crocco has held the position of corporate controller since November 2006 with responsibility for Global Accounting and Transaction Services, and Corporate Decision Support. With this appointment, he becomes chief accounting officer for the company. He will continue to report to Paul Huck, vice president and chief financial officer.

Mr. Crocco joined Air Products in 1990 and is a graduate of the company's Career Development Program (CDP). He has held a variety of financial analysis and financial management positions in the Chemicals Group, Gases Group, Corporate Treasury, and Corporate Controllership. In 1998 Mr. Crocco led a re-engineering initiative to improve company-wide management reporting. In 2000, he was appointed manager of Financial Analysis and Planning in Corporate Treasury. In 2001 Mr. Crocco was named controller of the Electronics Division, and in 2003 he became director of Corporate Decision Support.

Prior to joining Air Products, Mr. Crocco worked for General Electric Company in a variety of manufacturing positions including purchasing, production, shop supervision, and quality control, and is a graduate of GE's Manufacturing Management Program (MMP).

Mr. Crocco received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Bucknell University in 1986 and an M.B.A. from Cornell in 1990.

Air Products (NYSE: APD - News) 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 $9 billion, operations in over 40 countries, and over 20,000 employees around the globe.

Source: Air Products

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