Airgas Announces Leadership Change in South Division

  Airgas Announces Leadership Change in South Division

 15-Year Veteran Mike Rohde to Retire; Chuck Broadus Appointed South Division

Business Wire

RADNOR, Pa. -- May 21, 2013

Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG) today announced that Chuck Broadus has been named
Airgas Division President – South Division effective July 1, succeeding Mike
Rohde who is retiring after nearly 15 years of dedicated leadership at Airgas.
Broadus will report to Airgas President and CEO Michael Molinini, and will be
responsible for managing the South Division’s three regions: South, National
Welders, and Mid America. The transition will begin immediately.

Chuck Broadus (Photo: Airgas, Inc.)

Chuck Broadus (Photo: Airgas, Inc.)

“Mike Rohde has had a very successful career at Airgas, beginning in 1999 when
he joined as President of our Southwest regional company,” Molinini said. “He
also served as Senior Vice President of Distribution Operations where he was
instrumental in the development, planning, and implementation of SAP within
Airgas. He has successfully guided the South Division as Division President
since 2011. Mike’s significant contributions over the years have made a
lasting, positive impact on Airgas and we wish him all the best in his

Broadus currently serves as President – Airgas South region, which spans
Georgia, Florida, Alabama, most of Mississippi, and southern Tennessee.

“Chuck has been with Airgas for a decade and has certainly carved himself a
niche as a leader within the organization,” Molinini continued. “His
management skills, as well as his knowledge of our customers and numerous
markets in the region, make him well suited to lead the South Division. I look
forward to working with Chuck in his new role, and supporting him in his
continued success.”

Broadus joined Airgas in 2003 as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the
West region. He was named President – Airgas Specialty Products in 2006 and
took over as President – Airgas Refrigerants in 2008. In 2011, he was named
President – Airgas South region. Prior to joining Airgas, he was Marketing
Director for Reliant Energy in Houston for three years and spent seven years
in various operations and sales roles with BOC Gases. Chuck earned his
bachelor of science in engineering from the United States Military Academy at
West Point and his MBA from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. From 1988
until 1993, he served five years as a U.S. Army infantry officer in the 82nd
Airborne Division.

About Airgas, Inc.

Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), through its subsidiaries, is one of the nation’s
leading suppliers of industrial, medical and specialty gases, and hardgoods,
such as welding equipment and related products. Airgas is a leading U.S.
producer of atmospheric gases with 16 air separation plants, a leading
producer of carbon dioxide, dry ice, and nitrous oxide, one of the largest
U.S. suppliers of safety products, and a leading U.S. supplier of
refrigerants, ammonia products, and process chemicals. More than 15,000
employees work in approximately 1,100 locations, including branches, retail
stores, gas fill plants, specialty gas labs, production facilities and
distribution centers. Airgas also markets its products and services through
eBusiness, catalog and telesales channels. Its national scale and strong local
presence offer a competitive edge to its diversified customer base. For more
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