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Murray Hill & New Providence, N.J., U.S., March 1, 2012 – Ed Cordiano was named Program Manager, Bakery & Prepared Foods for the Food & Beverage group of Linde North America, where he leads the development of new solutions-based technologies and promotional programs serving industrial and wholesale bakeries and manufacturers of prepared foods.

Linde offers a range of cryogenic solutions for chilling/freezing operations and modified-atmosphere packaging (MAP) that improve throughput, production efficiencies and product quality.

Cordiano brings more than 15 years of experience to his post in roles spanning marketing, solutions selling and applications engineering – including 10 years in the industrial gas business serving the food industry at both Linde and Airgas. Among previous positions at Linde, he managed the MAP business segment for six years, and led the solutionsbased sales efforts in the Ohio Valley and Midwest region.

In 2008, Cordiano earned an M.B.A. from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management (Chicago, IL). He also holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH). He is based at Linde’s headquarters in Murray Hill, NJ.

About The Linde Group

The Linde Group is a world-leading gases and engineering company with around 50,000 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the 2010 financial year, it achieved sales of EUR 12.9 billion (USD 17.9 billion). The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services.

Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment – in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. Linde is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.

For more information, visit Linde in North America at http://www.linde.com.

Contact:

Amy Ficon

Linde Corporate Communications

Phone 908-771-1491, Fax 908-771-1460

Amy.Ficon@linde.com