Albemarle Appoints Jim W. Nokes To Board of Directors

December 10, 2008

BATON ROUGE, La., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Albemarle Corporation,
(NYSE: ALB) a global leader in providing innovative solutions to the specialty
chemicals market, announced today the election of Jim W. Nokes to its Board of
Directors, effective January 1, 2009. Mr. Nokes brings over three decades of
expertise in the worldwide refining industry with a particular emphasis on
operations, business development and marketing, supply chain management, and

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“Jim’s impressive career spans the full spectrum of international refinery
operations and he will be a powerful addition to our already very strong board
of directors,” said Mark C. Rohr, chairman, president and chief executive
officer of Albemarle. “Jim’s background and expertise will benefit us
significantly as we navigate the current economic and supply chain challenges
and position Albemarle to successfully leverage the opportunities that
continue to emerge for us globally.”

Mr. Nokes retired in 2006 from ConocoPhillips, an international,
integrated energy company, after 36 years of service. At the time of his
retirement, Mr. Nokes served as executive vice president of refining,
marketing, supply and transportation for the company’s global downstream
business, a position he held for four years. His background primarily
includes refining, marketing, crude and products trading, commercial natural
gas operations and transportation. He also had assignments in exploration and
production, as well as strategic planning.

Mr. Nokes joined the company in 1970 and served in a variety of roles
throughout the years, ultimately moving into strategic management positions
including executive vice president of the company’s worldwide refining and
marketing, a position he held from 1999 to 2002. Prior to this role, he
served as division president, North American refining and marketing

A respected industry veteran and active member of his community, Mr. Nokes
currently serves on the board of Tesoro Corporation, a Fortune 150 and Global
500 independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products. He is also a
Director for Post Oak Bank N.A., a Houston-based commercial bank. Mr. Nokes
was a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and sat
on the Board of Directors of the American Petroleum Institute, as well as the
American Petroleum Institute Transportation, Marketing and Downstream
Committees. He previously served on the board of directors for Chevron
Phillips Chemical.

Mr. Nokes holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Fort
Hayes State University in Kansas and a master of business administration
degree from the University of Arkansas.

About Albemarle Corporation

Albemarle Corporation, headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is a
leading global developer, manufacturer and marketer of highly engineered
specialty chemicals for consumer electronics; petroleum and petrochemical
processing; transportation and industrial products; pharmaceuticals;
agricultural products; and construction and packaging materials. The Company
operates in three business segments — Polymer Additives, Catalysts and Fine
Chemicals — and serves customers in approximately 100 countries. Learn more
about Albemarle at: www.albemarle.com.

“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding Albemarle Corporation’s
business which are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements” that
involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and
uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained
in the forward-looking statements, see “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual
Report on Form 10-K.

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