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Grace Welcomes New VP and Chief Human Resources Officer

July 14, 2009
W. R. Grace & Co. has announced the addition of Pamela K. Wagoner as vice president and chief human resources officer. The Grace Board of Directors has elected her an executive officer of the corporation.

Wagoner, 45, has more than 20 years of human resources and senior management experience and has worked in the high tech, non-profit, academia, and government sectors. She joins Grace after nearly eight years with Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. where she held the position of senior vice president since 2003. Earlier in her career, she held senior HR roles at SAVVIS Communications, Lucent Technologies Inc., and Yurie Systems Inc. (which was acquired by Lucent).

Wagoner is qualified by the Center for Creative Leadership, William Bridges, and The Ken Blanchard Companies in a variety of assessment and leadership training programs, and received her Certificate in International Human Resources from the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). She is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University.

In her new role, Wagoner will oversee Grace's global HR activities, including recruitment and retention, leadership development, employee training, labor relations, talent and performance management, regulatory compliance, and compensation. She will be based at Grace's global headquarters in Columbia, Maryland and will report to Fred Festa, chairman, president and chief executive officer.

"I consider Grace employees to be the company's greatest asset, making Pamela's responsibilities among the most crucial to our success," remarked Festa. "I am excited to welcome her to Grace and look forward to her valuable counsel."

Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and other products to petroleum refiners, catalysts for the manufacture of plastics, silica-based engineered and specialty materials for a wide range of industrial applications, sealants and coatings for food and beverage packaging, and specialty chemicals, additives, and building materials for commercial and residential construction. With annual sales of more than $3 billion, Grace has about 6000 employees and operations in over 40 countries. For more information, visit www.grace.com.