Foster Wheeler Announces Election of Two Directors


ZUG, Switzerland, Nov 01, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Foster Wheeler AG (Nasdaq: FWLT) announced that its shareholders have elected J. Kent Masters, 50, and Henri Philippe Reichstul, 62, to the company's board of directors. Masters was elected to serve a term expiring at the company's annual general meeting to be held in 2012. Reichstul was elected to serve a term expiring at the company's annual general meeting to be held in 2014.

Masters became Chief Executive Officer of Foster Wheeler AG on October 1, 2011. Prior to joining the company, he served as a member of the Executive Board of Linde AG, a world-leading gases and engineering company, from 2006 to 2011. At Linde, Masters had responsibility for the Americas, Africa, the South Pacific, the global business unit Healthcare, and the business area Merchant and Packaged Gases. He was employed by BOC Group plc, a global industrial gas company that was publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange, from 1984 until the acquisition of BOC by Linde in 2006. Masters served in roles of increasing responsibility at BOC, including as Chief Executive, Industrial and Special Products, from 2005 to 2006, and as President, Process Gas Solutions-Americas, from 2002 to 2005. He also served on the board of directors of BOC from 2005 to 2006. Masters has been a director of Rockwood Holdings, Inc., a global manufacturer of chemicals and advanced materials whose shares are publicly traded on the NYSE, since 2007, and serves on its Audit and Compensation Committees.

Reichstul is the founder and has been the Chief Executive Officer of G&R -- Gestão Empresarial, a consulting firm -- since 2003. He served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Brenco (Companhia Brasileira de Energia Renovável), a Brazilian ethanol production company, from 2007 until 2010. He served as President of Globopar S.A., a leading Brazilian media company, from 2002 to 2003, and as Chief Executive Officer and President of Petrobrás (Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.), a Brazilian petroleum company, from 1999 to 2001. Reichstul served as Executive Vice President and a Partner of Banco Inter-American Express S.A., a private financial institution, from 1988 to 1999. Reichstul served in various government positions in Brazil from 1983 to 1987, including Secretary General of the Ministry of Planning. Reichstul currently serves as a member of the board of directors for Repsol YPF, S.A., an international oil and gas company, and PSA Peugeot Citroën, a publicly traded French automobile company.

Foster Wheeler AG is a global engineering and construction contractor and power equipment supplier delivering technically advanced, reliable facilities and equipment. The company employs approximately 12,000 talented professionals with specialized expertise dedicated to serving its clients through one of its two primary business groups. The company's Global Engineering and Construction Group designs and constructs leading-edge processing facilities for the upstream oil and gas, LNG and gas-to-liquids, refining, chemicals and petrochemicals, power, mining and metals, environmental, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and healthcare industries. The company's Global Power Group is a world leader in combustion and steam generation technology that designs, manufactures and erects steam generating and auxiliary equipment for power stations and industrial facilities and also provides a wide range of aftermarket services. The company is based in Zug, Switzerland, and its operational headquarters office is in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information about Foster Wheeler, please visit our Web site at

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