sunil kumar ceo of the year by alendar

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									FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  CONTACT: Michelle Evans
Thursday, September 22, 2005                    Manager
                                                Advertising and Communications
                                                International Specialty Products
                                                (973) 628-3938


             Sunil Kumar of International Specialty Products,
              Named Specialty Chemicals CEO of the Year

WAYNE, N.J. – September 22, 2005– International Specialty Products (“ISP”) is
pleased to announce that Sunil Kumar, its President and Chief Executive Officer, has
been chosen the 2005 Specialty Chemicals CEO of the Year by Frost & Sullivan, a
distinguished international industry and market research firm.

The Frost & Sullivan Award is bestowed each year on the CEO or executive who has
demonstrated sustained excellence in leadership within his/her industry and whose
strategic vision, intelligent risk-taking and executive decision-making have had a
profound effect on the growth and overall success of his/her company.

As stated in the Frost & Sullivan report, “Mr. Kumar has presided over a period of
consistently strong revenue growth at ISP, which, combined with a number of strategic
acquisitions in recent years, has lifted the company into the top tier of global specialty
chemicals companies, with over $1 billion in net sales.” He was also cited for placing a
strong emphasis on customer relationships and on forming alliances with other
companies to develop new products and technologies most suitable for meeting
customer needs.

Frost & Sullivan’s report recognized ISP’s “strategic focus on non-cyclical markets such
as healthcare, personal care and food ingredients” as instrumental in the company’s
achieving 30% sales growth and 35% operating income growth from 2000 to 2004, a
period that marked a significant downturn for the chemical industry as a whole. “Under
Mr. Kumar’s guidance, ISP has grown impressively,” the report concluded, a fitting
description of a tenure during which ISP has launched a record number of new products,
completed eleven acquisitions and more than two dozen alliances, and opened
state-of-the-art technical centers on four continents to provide the highest standard of
service to ISP’s growing number of customers around the world.

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A native of New Delhi, India, Mr. Kumar earned a Bachelor of Technology degree in
Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and an MBA from the
University of Louisiana.

International Specialty Products Inc. (“ISP”) is a leading global supplier of specialty
chemicals and performance-enhancing products for a wide variety of personal care,
pharmaceutical, food, beverage and industrial applications. ISP produces more than
400 specialty chemicals, which it markets and sells worldwide. The company’s
headquarters is located in Wayne, New Jersey, USA.

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