Air Liquide Announces New Organization and Leadership Team in U.S.

  Air Liquide Announces New Organization and Leadership Team in U.S.

Business Wire

HOUSTON -- May 23, 2013

Air Liquide announces a realignment of its executive management team in the
U.S. in conjunction with Air Liquide Group’s recently introduced strategic
organization and growth plan.

Leading the Americas is Michael J. Graff as Chairman & CEO of American Air
Liquide Holdings, Inc., and Chairman of Air Liquide USA LLC and Air Liquide
Canada Inc. Graff has responsibility for North, South and Central America as
well as the Caribbean and has been at the helm of the Americas business
operations since 2008. Graff also serves as Senior Vice President and Member
of the Executive Committee of Air Liquide S.A. and has responsibility for the
Group’s global electronics business and worldwide safety functions.

Reporting to Graff and leading the company’s U.S. industrial gas business
operations is John Buckley, CEO of Air Liquide USA LLC. Buckley has recently
joined Air Liquide from Dow, where he most recently served as President of its
Angus Chemical subsidiary.

Commented Graff: “This new platform, and the leadership team now in place,
will provide the strategic leadership to drive and optimize our activities and
better leverage our competencies and resources. We are now well positioned to
ensure our capacity for profitable growth into the future with greater
strength and agility backed by a renewed focus on competitiveness and

In order to increase the proximity to customers and markets, the organization
of Air Liquide Group centers around the corporate headquarters in Paris as its
base and three main hubs located in Houston, Frankfurt and Shanghai, with the
Americas Zone headquartered in Houston. The management of each hub has broad
responsibility and authority for the operations and investment decisions of
that region.

Note to editors: Full bios and photos for Graff and Buckley are available upon

Air Liquide in the U.S.

Air Liquide companies in the U.S. employ more than 5,000 employees in over 200
locations, and offer industrial and medical gases, equipment and related

Air Liquide in the Americas

  *Headquartered in Houston, Texas
  *10,000 employees
  *2012 gas & services revenues: $4.1 billion (22% of global revenues)

Air Liquide is the world leader in gases for industry, health and the
environment, and is present in 80countries with close to 50,000employees.
Oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and rare gases have been at the core of Air
Liquide’s activities since its creation in 1902. Using these molecules, Air
Liquide continuously reinvents its business, anticipating the needs of current
and future markets. The Group innovates for the good of society while
delivering profitable growth and consistent performance.

Innovative technologies that curb polluting emissions, lower industry’s energy
use, recover and reuse natural resources or develop the energies of tomorrow,
such as hydrogen, biofuels or photovoltaic energy… Oxygen for hospitals, home
healthcare, fighting nosocomial infections… Air Liquide combines many products
and technologies to develop valuable applications and services not only for
its customers but also for society.

A partner for the long term, Air Liquide relies on employee commitment,
customer trust and shareholder support to pursue its vision of sustainable,
competitive growth. The diversity of Air Liquide’s teams, businesses, markets
and geographic presence provides a solid and sustainable base for its
development and strengthens its ability to push back its own limits, conquer
new territories and build its future.

Air Liquide explores the best that air can offer to preserve life, staying
true to its Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainable development
approach. In 2012, the Group’s revenues amounted to €15.3billion of which
82% were generated outside France. AirLiquide is listed on the Paris Euronext
stock exchange (compartment A) and is a member of the CAC 40 and Dow Jones
Euro Stoxx 50 indexes.


Air Liquide
U.S. Corporate Communications
Michael Rosen, +1 713-624-8594
Heather Browne, +1 713-624-8594
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