Praxair Announces Senior Leadership Changes
DANBURY, Conn. -- December 13, 2013
Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) today announced changes to the company’s senior
leadership team, effective January 1, 2014.
Anne Roby has been promoted to senior vice president, responsible for Global
Supply Systems, R&D, Global Market Development, Global Operations Excellence,
Global Procurement, Sustainability and Safety, Health and Environment. Roby is
currently president of Praxair Asia. In her new role, Roby will report to
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Steve Angel and will serve on the
company’s executive leadership team. She will succeed Senior Vice President
and Chief Technology Officer Ray Roberge, who has announced his plan to retire
after 40 years of service with the company.
John Panikar has been promoted to president of Praxair Asia, responsible for
managing Praxair’s industrial gases business in Asia as well as the Middle
East, reporting to Angel. Panikar is currently president of Praxair
Executive Vice President Eduardo Menezes will now have responsibility for
Europe, Mexico and South America and Executive Vice President Scott Telesz
will oversee U.S. atmospheric gases, Canada and Praxair Surface Technologies.
Both Menezes and Telesz continue to serve as members of the company’s
executive leadership team reporting to Angel.
“The depth of our leadership talent is impressive and allows us to make
seamless transitions in our organization,” said Angel. “Each one of these
leaders has a proven track record of success and a deep knowledge of our
business, customers and industry. I am confident they will continue to deliver
results and provide outstanding leadership.”
Praxair, Inc., a Fortune 250 company with 2012 sales of $11 billion, is the
largest industrial gases company in North and South America and one of the
largest worldwide. The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric,
process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Praxair
products, services and technologies are making our planet more productive by
bringing efficiency and environmental benefits to a wide variety of
industries, including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics,
energy, healthcare, manufacturing, metals and many others. More information
about Praxair, Inc. is available at www.praxair.com.
Since 2011, Anne Roby has been president of Praxair Asia, responsible for
Praxair’s industrial gases business in China, India, South Korea and Thailand
as well as the electronics market globally.
Roby joined Praxair in 1991 as a development associate in the company’s R&D
organization. She became global marketing manager for chemicals and refining
in 1996 and moved to Houston in 1999 to become a pipeline sales and business
manager in the North American Industrial Gases business unit. She was named
area director in 2004, responsible for commercial activities related to both
pipeline and merchant atmospheric products. In 2006, she became vice president
of the U.S. South Region, responsible for Praxair’s business in a seven-state
area that includes many of Praxair’s major chemicals and refining customers.
She was appointed vice president, global sales for Praxair, Inc. in 2009. In
2010, Roby became president of Praxair Electronics, with global responsibility
for products, services and technologies supplied to the semiconductor, flat
panel display, LED and solar industries.
Roby earned a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University and a doctorate in
chemical engineering from the University of Delaware. She holds four patents
for industrial gas applications and serves as president of the Asia Industrial
John Panikar was appointed president of Praxair Distribution, Inc. in 2010,
responsible for managing Praxair’s U.S. packaged gases business. He joined
Praxair in 1991 and held a variety of assignments in operations and project
management in Praxair’s electronics business before being appointed Asia
business manager for electronics in 1999. He was named director of business
development for Praxair Asia in 2002, with additional responsibility for
managing the helium, specialty gases, medical gases and carbon dioxide growth
markets for Praxair India. He became managing director of Praxair India in
2004. In 2008, he was named vice president, product management and analysis,
for Praxair’s North American Industrial Gases business unit and was appointed
vice president of the U.S. South Region in 2009.
A native of Mumbai, India, Panikar holds a degree in chemical engineering from
the University of Rochester. He completed the Advanced Management program at
Harvard Business School in 2010.
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