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Praxair names Angel President & Chief Operating Officer

March 6, 2006

Praxair, Inc. recently announced that former executive vice president Stephen F. Angel was appointed president and chief operating officer effective March 1, 2006. Angel will also be nominated to stand for election to the Praxair Board of Directors. Praxair also announced that Ricardo Malfitano, currently a senior vice president of the corporation, has been appointed executive vice president. As executive vice president, Angel was responsible for Praxair''s businesses in North America, Europe and Asia, as well as for healthcare, hydrogen and applications market development. Prior to joining Praxair in 2001, Angel spent 22 years in a wide range of management positions with General Electric, including general manager of its Industrial Systems business. A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Angel received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State University and a master''s degree in business administration from Loyola College in Baltimore.