ABB deplores terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia

Zurich, Switzerland, May 3, 2004 - ABB today deplored the attack by terrorists in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday, in which five ABB Lummus employees were killed and two injured at a customer petrochemical production site.

“We are shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of life and injuries sustained by ABB Lummus employees, and Saudi nationals in this incident,” said Gary Steel, ABB executive committee member. “We are doing what we can to support their families at this very difficult time.”

ABB has released the names of the five employees who were killed. They were:

Anthony Mason, 57, an Australian citizen; Michael Hardy, 44, a British citizen; Stephen LaGuardia, 62, a United States citizen; Philip Coplen, 53, a United States citizen; Michael McGillen, 52, a British citizen.

All remaining 90 ABB expatriate employees in Yanbu, along with about 30 family members, will leave the country in the next few days. Other ABB operations in Saudi Arabia are continuing their work, amid heightened security.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering their environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 113,000 people.

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