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Sigma-Aldrich Corporation Announces Death of Chairman and CEO; Election of New CEO and Chairman; Conference Call Scheduled for 10:00a.m. (Central Time) on November 15, 2010
Date:11/14/2010

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 14, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- It is with great sadness that Sigma-Aldrich Corporation (Nasdaq: SIAL) announces that Dr. Jai P. Nagarkatti, its Chairman, President and CEO, died suddenly and unexpectedly of an apparent heart attack Saturday, November 13, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  He was 63 years old.

Jai Nagarkatti spent his entire career with Sigma-Aldrich beginning in 1976, with his positions spanning R&D, manufacturing, operations, sales and marketing.  His effectiveness and dedication were recognized in each function, and led to steady promotions and increasing responsibilities.  Dr. Nagarkatti was elected President and Chief Operating Officer in 2004, elected to the additional roles of CEO in 2006 and Chairman of the Board in 2009.  He had been a member of the Board of Directors since 2005.  Under Dr. Nagarkatti's leadership and with his guidance, the Company's continued focus on service, quality, and innovation led it to become a leading global life sciences and high tech company.  In that same period, Dr. Nagarkatti's vision drove the Company's renewed focus on sustainability and corporate responsibility, touching countless persons in the Company and the communities in which it operates.  

Speaking on behalf of the Board and staff of the Company, Barrett Toan, Sigma-Aldrich's Presiding Director said, "The entire Sigma-Aldrich global organization mourns the loss of Jai and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Susan, and his daughter Shanti.  Our deepest sympathies go out to them.  He was respected by the Company's 7,700 employees and will be missed."

Sigma-Aldrich's Board of Directors has had in place a careful succession plan for key officers, including the CEO.  Drawing upon over a year of work on a succession plan for senior leadership, the Board has elected Rakesh Sach
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