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Vaclav Harant to Join Nalco to Lead Russian Operations

Nalco announced that Vaclav Harant has joined the company as General Manager and General Director of Russia with additional responsibility for water and process services in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Harant will aggressively drive growth and profitability in the region Nalco has identified as one of its targeted expansion areas.

"We are pleased to have Vaclav join Nalco," said David Johnson, Nalco Executive Vice President and President, Europe, Africa and Middle East. "He brings an impressive performance record of achieving double-digit growth by focusing on emerging market penetration, market segmentation and technology differentiation. His strong management and language skills provide him the ability to communicate with and motivate his organization to succeed. We are confident he will enjoy success establishing Nalco in this very important market."

Nalco Company OOO is expanding its local support within Russia through the construction of a new manufacturing facility with plans to add a second plant in 2010.

Harant previously had been General Manager for Central and Eastern Europe for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., a global provider of industrial gases. Prior to being named to that position in 2005, he was Air Products' General Manager, Czech and Slovak Republics. Before joining Air Products in 1995, Harant was a Business Director for Ferox, a leading manufacturer of cryogenic and chemical process equipment. He is a graduate of the Czech Technical University, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.

"The current economic challenges in Russia provide Nalco with the opportunity to strengthen our leadership and business infrastructure, enabling faster future growth as global industrial growth recovers and translates again into rapid growth for Russian oil, natural gas, steel and other markets where Nalco can bring value," said J. Erik Fyrwald, Nalco Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our profitable growth strategy is focused on the expansion prospects in the BRIC+ countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and the Middle East and Caspian), to be in the best possible position as their economies return to very high growth rates."