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Albemarle Appoints Dr. Ronald C. Zumstein as Vice President of Manufacturing

Published 03-15-10

Submitted by Albemarle Corporation

/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB), a leading provider of innovative and sustainable specialty chemical solutions, has appointed Dr. Ronald C. Zumstein as Vice President of Manufacturing, effective immediately. In this role, Dr. Zumstein will manage all aspects of the company's global manufacturing operations, technology resources and corporate engineering across all Albemarle and Albemarle-affiliated facilities.

"Ron is a highly capable and respected leader within our organization," said Luke Kissam, President of Albemarle Corporation. "His expertise and ability to drive improvement in operations continues to be a tremendous asset. Ron's unwavering commitment to people, safety and operational excellence, combined with the highest level of integrity, have helped position Albemarle as a respected leader in our industry and the communities in which we operate."

With over twenty years of experience with Albemarle, Dr. Zumstein has successfully held a wide variety of positions with increasing responsibility, including roles in research and development, process and product development, and plant management at several of the company's plant sites. Most recently, Dr. Zumstein served as Vice President of Manufacturing Operations, and prior to that role he was Vice President of Albemarle's Health, Safety and Environment function.

A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Dr. Zumstein received a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Tennessee and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University.

About Albemarle Corporation
Albemarle Corporation, headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is a leading global developer, manufacturer, and marketer of highly-engineered specialty chemicals for consumer electronics, petroleum refining, utilities, packaging, construction, automotive/transportation, pharmaceuticals, crop protection, food-safety and custom chemistry services. The Company is committed to global sustainability and is advancing its eco-practices and solutions in its three business segments, Polymer Solutions, Catalysts, and Fine Chemicals. Corporate Responsibility Magazine recently selected Albemarle to its prestigious "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list for 2010. Albemarle employs approximately 4,000 people and serves customers in approximately 100 countries. To learn more, visit http://www.albemarle.com/.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding Albemarle Corporation's business that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K.

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