DANURY, Conn., February 26, 2008 — Nance Dicciani, president and chief executive officer of Honeywell Specialty Materials, has been nominated for election to the Praxair Board of Directors. If elected by the shareholders at Praxair’s annual meeting in April, she will join the board effective September 1, 2008.
With revenues of $4.9 billion, Honeywell Specialty Materials produces a wide range of high-performance products, including specialty films and additives; advanced fibers and composites; specialty chemicals; fluorine products; electronics materials and chemicals; and technologies and materials for petroleum refining. Honeywell Specialty Materials is a division of Honeywell International Inc., a $36-billion diversified technology and manufacturing company.
In 2006, Dicciani was appointed by President George W. Bush to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. She also currently serves on the board of directors and executive committee of the American Chemistry Council and has chaired the board’s Research Committee. She has been ranked twice as one of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” by Forbes magazine, and was named as one of the “Top 40 Most Important People in the Chemical Industry” in 2006 by Chemical Business.
Dicciani, 60, joined Honeywell in 2001 from Rohm and Haas Company where she was senior vice president and business group executive for chemical specialties and director of the company's operations and infrastructure in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She previously served as vice president and general manager of the petroleum chemicals division and headed the company’s worldwide monomers business.
Prior to joining Rohm and Haas, Dicciani held various positions in research and engineering management in the industrial gases industry for 14 years. She began her career with the Philadelphia Water Department as an engineer and then as superintendent of reservoirs.
Dicciani earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Villanova University, a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Virginia and a doctorate degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. She also earned a master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Praxair, Inc. is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America, and one of the largest worldwide, with 2007 sales of $9.4 billion. The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Praxair products, services and technologies bring productivity and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, metals and others. More information on Praxair is available on the Internet at An audio webcast and presentation will be available on Praxair’s web site at www.praxair.com.