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Nalco Announces Kathryn Mikells as New Chief Financial Officer

Nalco announced that Kathryn Mikells will join the Company as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer on completion of the merger between United and Continental airlines. Mikells is currently CFO of United Airlines parent company, UAL Corporation.

Mikells was named Chief Financial Officer of UAL in August 2008, and was appointed Executive Vice President in July 2009. Prior to being named Chief Financial Officer, Mikells served as Vice President of Investor Relations for United. She previously served as Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis, Vice President and Treasurer, Vice President of Corporate Real Estate, Director of Corporate Planning and Chief Financial Officer of Mileage Plus. Mikells joined United in 1994 as a financial analyst.

“We are delighted that Kathryn has agreed to join Nalco’s leadership team and our drive to accelerate organic growth, expand our technology reach through R&D and acquisitions and deliver continued productivity improvements. Her deep financial expert leadership will complement the skills of the existing team and support robust and rapid analysis and decision making,” said Erik Fyrwald, Nalco Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mikells was widely credited with strengthening UAL’s financial position.

“We are very thankful for the many contributions that Brad Bell, our current CFO, has made during his seven years of leading the Company’s financial functions. He has played a major role in the success of the Company through this challenging period. We wish Brad all the best in his retirement.” Bell announced in May that he would retire from Nalco by year-end. Mikells will assume the Chief Financial Officer role when she joins the Company, with Bell providing transition support through year-end.

Mikells said she was energized by the opportunity to join Nalco. “The stability of Nalco’s business model, the contributions the Company makes to the sustainable development of the world’s most important resources, and the significant growth opportunities that exist in markets where Nalco is a proven leader make this an ideal situation in which to make meaningful contributions. After we successfully close the merger between United and Continental, I will be fully engaged in working hand-in-hand with the strong leadership team at Nalco to achieve its growth and profitability objectives.”

Prior to joining United, Mikells spent six years in the financial services sector, including positions at GE Capital's Corporate Finance Group, Household International and Canadian Imperial Bank. She holds a master's of business from the University of Chicago and a bachelor's of science degree in finance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Mikells serves on the board of directors of the Weitz Company.