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 Distribution, Inc.
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.” About Praxair 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. Biographies Anne Roby 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.