Nalco Holding Company (Nalco) has appointed Paul J. Norris to the board of directors, effective February 12, 2009. Norris is a director and non-executive chairman of the board of Sealy Corporation. He was chief executive officer (CEO) of W.R. Grace and Company (Grace) from 1998 to May 2005. He served as the chairman of Grace from 1999 to May 2005 and as its non-executive chairman from 2005 to January 2008. Currently, he is a non-executive member of the board of Grace.

The appointment of Norris brings the board to a total of seven members.

Paul brings a great deal of experience to the Nalco Board, having been a chief executive officer, a director and a chairman. That knowledge will help us navigate through challenging economic times while we continue to strengthen our ability to drive profit and cash flow growth, said J. Erik Fyrwald, Nalco chairman, president and CEO.

Norris performs advisory services for the Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. He is also a director of FMC Corporation. He has a B.S. degree in biology from the Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md. and an M.B.A. from University of Maryland.

Norris is a class II director whose term expires in 2009. He will also serve as a member of the Compensation and the Safety, Health and Environment committees.