LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Air Products (NYSE: APD) today announced that it has appointed Dr. Samir J. Serhan executive vice president, leading the company's Technology, Engineering and Manufacturing functions, excluding HyCO (hydrogen and carbon monoxide). He also will have profit and loss responsibility for the Liquefied Natural Gas technology and equipment, PRISM® Membrane Systems, and Gardner Cryogenics businesses. Serhan will be appointed as an executive officer of the company. He will be based in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Commenting on the appointment, Air Products Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Seifi Ghasemi said, "I am very pleased that Samir is joining Air Products. Samir brings an extraordinary combination of business development, engineering, project execution, operations, technology and commercial skills, along with international experience and leadership qualities that will help us move forward as we execute against our strategic Five-Point Plan." Serhan joins Air Products from Praxair, Inc. where, since 2014, he was president, Global HyCO. Prior to that, Serhan worked for 14 years in leadership positions in the U.S. and Germany for The Linde Group, culminating in his role as managing director, Linde Engineering. He began his career at Parsons Corporation where he held various leadership positions. Serhan also served as an adjunct professor at Temple University and The Pennsylvania State University. Serhan holds a doctorate in engineering mechanics from Virginia Tech. He has published over 40 papers in conferences and journals.