Albemarle names Susan Kelliher senior VP, human resources, effective March 5

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana , February 27, 2012 (press release) – Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB), a leader in the global specialty chemicals market, announced today that Susan Kelliher has been named Senior Vice President, Human Resources, effective March 5, 2012. In her new role, Mrs. Kelliher will lead all aspects of Albemarle's global human resources function, including recruiting and retaining a world-class workforce and providing leadership, management and strategic advice on Albemarle's people processes, systems and capabilities in support of the company's strategies. Mrs. Kelliher will report to Luke Kissam, Albemarle's Chief Executive Officer.

With over twenty years of human resources experience, Mrs. Kelliher has an impressive background in all human resources disciplines, including organizational change and effectiveness, talent acquisition and development of people. Mrs. Kelliher has extensive experience in integration of acquisitions and workforce planning and has led a number of global organizations in her career.

"We are pleased to welcome Susan to our leadership team and look forward to her contributions to our future success," said Luke Kissam, Chief Executive Officer of Albemarle. "Her strong international background and experience in talent management and leadership development will make her an ideal business partner."

Mrs. Kelliher most recently served as Vice President, Human Resources – Global Sales and Enterprise Marketing at Hewlett Packard where she led a team of 30 human resources professionals. Originally from Texas, Mrs. Kelliher received a bachelor's degree from Rice University in 1987 and an MBA from the University of Texas in 1991.

About Albemarle

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 Chemistry. Corporate Responsibility Magazine selected Albemarle to its prestigious "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list for 2010 and 2011. Albemarle employs approximately 4,000 people and serves customers in approximately 100 countries. Albemarle regularly posts information to www.albemarle.com, including notification of events, news, financial performance, investor presentations and webcasts, Regulation G reconciliations, SEC filings, and other information regarding the Company, its businesses and the markets we serve.

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