Airgas Names Pamela J. Claypool Senior Vice President – Human Resources

  Airgas Names Pamela J. Claypool Senior Vice President – Human Resources

Business Wire

RADNOR, Pa. -- December 4, 2013

Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), today announced that Pamela J. Claypool has been
named Senior Vice President – Human Resources, reporting to President and
Chief Executive Officer Michael L. Molinini. Claypool joins the Company’s
Management Committee and succeeds Dwight Wilson, who recently left Airgas to
pursue other opportunities.

Pamela J. Claypool, Senior Vice President - Human Resources (Photo: Airgas,

Pamela J. Claypool, Senior Vice President - Human Resources (Photo: Airgas,

“As we continue to position Airgas to capitalize on the many growth
opportunities ahead of us, developing our human resources is as critical as
having the right infrastructure and product and service offerings in place,”
said Molinini. “Having worked in our field organization, Pam understands what
our associates need to be successful day-in and day-out in our people-driven
industry. Her field perspective, combined with her proven leadership skills,
strong financial and business acumen, and human resources expertise make her
uniquely qualified to lead our human resources strategy going forward and an
outstanding addition to the Airgas senior management team.”

Claypool previously served as the Company’s Vice President – Talent
Management, responsible for key programs influencing the employment experience
at Airgas, including employee selection and orientation, talent development,
and the Company’s diversity program. She also served as Vice President – Human
Resources for Airgas’ North Division where she led all aspects of the
division’s human resources functions.

Claypool joined Airgas in 2007 with the acquisition of Linde’s U.S. packaged
gas business as Vice President of Finance for Airgas Great Lakes, Inc. before
being named Chief Financial Officer for Airgas Great Lakes, Inc. Prior to
joining Airgas, she spent three years in Linde’s U.S. group where she was
responsible for business and financial analysis and sales compensation.

Before joining Linde, Claypool spent nearly fifteen years with Commercial
Intertech, a manufacturer of specialty steel components primarily for the
automotive and trucking industries, where she served in multiple finance and
management roles, including general manager of the business both before and
after its acquisition by Parker Hannifin in 2001. Claypool earned her
bachelor’s degree in finance and management from the University of Wisconsin –
Green Bay and her MBA from Kent State University.

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
e-Business, catalog, and telesales channels. Its national scale and strong
local presence offer a competitive edge to its diversified customer base. For
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