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THE BOC GROUP APPOINTS SEIFI GHASEMI REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF BOC GASES AMERICAS AND PRESIDENT OF AIRCO GASES

 MURRAY HILL, N.J., Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Seifi Ghasemi has been appointed regional director of BOC Gases Americas and president of Airco Gases, the BOC Group's U.S. subsidiary, it was announced today. The BOC Group is a worldwide leader in the production and distribution of industrial gases, health care and vacuum technology.
 According to C.K. Chow, chief executive of BOC Gases Worldwide, Ghasemi will be responsible for all BOC gases operations in the U.S. (Airco Gases), Canada (Canox) and Latin America -- GIV in Venezuela, Cryogas in Colombia, the Antilles Industrial Gases in Aruba and Cuzufa in Curacao. He will continue to work out of BOC's U.S. gases headquarters in Murray Hill.
 "Seifi Ghasemi's vast experience in a wide span of our industry clearly establishes him as the best candidate for this position," said Chow. "During his tenure with The BOC Group, Seifi has distinguished himself as an executive who keenly understands the critical economic, technological and environmental issues confronting our industry today. His business acumen and reputation for integrity will surely help elevate the BOC Group's position in the Americas."
 The announcement was made following the July 31 resignation of Wayne O. Smith, who served for three years as group vice president, Gases-Americas.
 Since joining BOC in 1979, Ghasemi has held positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, manufacturing, distribution, purchasing, sales and marketing. His latest position was president, Process Systems, Gases Americas.
 Ghasemi has earned a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. He is a member of the board of directors of the Compressed Gases Association and the National Petroleum Refiners Association. He also is a member of the American Institute of Mechanical Engineers and an associate member of the American Iron and Steel Institute.
 A resident of Gladstone, N.J., Ghasemi and his wife, Ellen, have a son, Robert.
 Headquartered in Windlesham, England, the BOC Group operates in more than 60 countries and registered sales last year of $5.2 billion.
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 /CONTACT: Peter Gavigan of Airco, 908-771-1512/


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