James Sawyer Appointed to Aspen Aerogels Board

Feb 10, 2006, 00:00 ET from Aspen Aerogels, Inc.

    NORTHBOROUGH, Mass., Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Aspen Aerogels, Inc. today
 announced that James S. Sawyer, senior vice president and chief financial
 officer of Praxair, Inc. has joined its board of directors. "Jim's addition to
 our board of directors is a significant one as he brings a great deal of
 financial and management expertise to the issues we face with our burgeoning
 growth," said Don Young, Aspen Aerogels' CEO.
     Sawyer has been chief financial officer of Praxair since 2000 and was vice
 president and treasurer from 1994 until 2000.  Prior to that he held various
 positions with Union Carbide, Citibank and Bechtel.  He holds a master's
 degree in business administration from the Massachusetts Institute of
 Technology and bachelors of science in earth and environmental science from
 Wesleyan University.  He is a member of the Conference Board's Senior
 Financial Officer's Council and the Financial Executives Institute, and has
 been a recipient of Institutional Investors CFO of the year award.
     Praxair is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America
 with 2005 sales of $7.6 billion.  It has been ranked in the forefront of
 public governance by Institutional Shareholders Services, Governance Metrics
 and is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
     About Aspen Aerogels
     Aspen Aerogels, supplies nanotechnology-enabled aerogels with insulating
 properties that outperform traditional materials by 2 to 8 times. Unlike other
 aerogel material providers, Aspen provides the thermal and acoustic
 performance of aerogels in a ready-to-use blanket impregnated with the silica
 nanostructures. This blanket format makes it easy for Aspen customers to
 conserve energy and save money in oil and gas recovery, LNG shipping and
 storage, apparel, military, aerospace and energy industries.  In addition,
 Aspen is actively developing applications in the building/construction,
 automotive and fuel cell markets.
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