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New Airgas USA President Announced

Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), Radnor, PA, announced that Andrew R. Cichocki has been named president of Airgas USA, LLC, effective April 1.

Formed in 2011, Airgas USA, LLC comprises the majority of Airgas' U.S. distribution business units, including its four divisions, four business support centers and 15 distribution regions.

"Andy has been a key leader in the successful implementation of SAP and in the achievement of the early benefits related to SAP, most of which have been within the business units under the Airgas USA, LLC umbrella," said Michael L. Molinini, president and CEO of Airgas. "Bringing his proven leadership skills, field operational experience and financial acumen to bear across all aspects of Airgas USA, LLC will enhance our ability to capitalize on the tremendous long-term growth prospects for our distribution business."

Cichocki most recently served as senior vice president - distribution operations and business process improvement for Airgas, Inc. In addition to oversight of various business units, Cichocki has been responsible for Airgas' welding hardgoods and safety products distribution infrastructure, product sourcing and management, cylinder gas engineering and supply chain, and fleet management. He has also been responsible for Airgas' business process improvement initiatives, including strategic pricing and SAP implementation activities.

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