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GRACE APPOINTS NEW DIRECTOR OF SALES FOR CONCRETE PRODUCTS, EUROPE

CAMBRIDGE, MA, May 21, 2001 -- Grace Construction Products' Specialty Construction Chemicals unit, has named Andrew Kelly as Director of Sales for its European Concrete Products business. In this position, he will be responsible for leading the sales team, new product introductions and the development and implementation of Grace's strategies and objectives for growing sales in Europe.

Andrew will have direct responsibility for managing Grace's sales force in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece. Grace maintains a strong presence in the European concrete industry from its offices at Warrington, UK, Milan, Italy and Barcelona, Spain. Grace has sales teams and technical support staff that serve customers throughout Europe.

"Andrew has broad industrial sales and management experience and extensive international chemical industry knowledge," said Wayne T. Smith, Vice President and General Manager of the Construction Products' Specialty Construction Chemicals unit. "We are fortunate to have someone with Andy's experience as part of our organization and we look forward to his contributions to our European operations."

Andrew's extensive experience includes over 10 years of international sales and marketing management and positions based in the UK, Germany and Belgium. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Liverpool and a Diploma in Management from Henley Management College. He has relocated back to the UK with his wife and children and is based at the Slough, UK, European headquarters of Grace Construction Products.

Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Grace Construction Products, a division of W.R Grace & Co. (NYSE:GRA), is a leading manufacturer worldwide of concrete admixtures, cement processing additives, fire protection and waterproofing products and masonry products. The company has more than 125 plants and sales offices around the world.


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