Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), one of the nation’s leading suppliers of industrial, medical, and specialty gases, and related products, today announced that Andrew R. Cichocki has been named President – Airgas USA, LLC, effective April 1, 2014. Cichocki, a member of Airgas’ Management Committee, will lead all aspects of Airgas USA, LLC – sales, operational, organizational, and financial – and will continue to report to Airgas President and Chief Executive Officer Michael L. Molinini.
“In his more than 25 years at Airgas, Andy has taken on increasing responsibility and has been a key contributor in just about every facet of our growing business,” said Airgas Executive Chairman Peter McCausland. “He has developed into a true leader and is clearly ready to take on this critically important role in our organization.”In addition to the majority of his current team, Cichocki’s key direct reports will now include Airgas’ four division presidents, as well as Senior Vice President – Sales and Marketing, Ronald J. Stark. Cichocki most recently served as Senior Vice President – Distribution Operations and Business Process Improvement for Airgas, Inc., a position he held since 2011. In addition to oversight of various business units, Cichocki has been responsible for Airgas’ welding hardgoods and safety products distribution infrastructure, product sourcing and management, cylinder gas engineering and supply chain, and fleet management. He has also been responsible for Airgas’ business process improvement initiatives, including strategic pricing and SAP implementation activities. Cichocki served as Division President – Process Gases and Chemicals from 2008 to 2011, and also served as President of Airgas National Welders, one of Airgas’ large regional distribution companies, beginning in 2003. Prior to that, he served in key corporate roles for Airgas including Senior Vice President – Human Resources, Senior Vice President – Business Operations and Planning, and Vice President – Corporate Development. Cichocki joined Airgas in 1988. He is a 1984 graduate of the University of Delaware and earned an MBA from Villanova University. About Airgas, Inc. Airgas, Inc. (NYSE: ARG), through its subsidiaries, is one of the nation’s leading suppliers of industrial, medical and specialty gases, and hardgoods, such as welding equipment and related products. Airgas is a leading U.S. producer of atmospheric gases with 16 air separation plants, a leading producer of carbon dioxide, dry ice, and nitrous oxide, one of the largest U.S. suppliers of safety products, and a leading U.S. supplier of refrigerants, ammonia products, and process chemicals. More than 15,000 employees work in approximately 1,100 locations, including branches, retail stores, gas fill plants, specialty gas labs, production facilities and distribution centers. Airgas also markets its products and services through e-Business, catalog and telesales channels. Its national scale and strong local presence offer a competitive edge to its diversified customer base. For more information, please visit www.airgas.com.