CP50: Air Liquide USA LLC
Paris-based Air Liquide, founded in 1902, has developed around a core business activity: industrial and medical gases. With more than 40,000 employees in 75 countries, the group offers innovative solutions based on constantly enhanced technologies and produces air gases (oxygen, nitrogen, argon, rare gases, etc.) and many other gases including hydrogen.
The group’s capacity for innovation is fundamental to its growth: one-third of its total sales are generated from applications that didn’t exist 10 years ago.
The company has eight R&D centers, and each year it registers 200 patents. The company boasts 1 million customers across various industries and health-care activities.
In the U.S.:
■ More than 4,500 U.S. employees
■ Serving some 15,000 customers
■ A nationwide presence in more than 200 locations throughout the U.S.
■ Over 100 industrial gas plants
■ 1,800 miles of pipeline
■ U.S. headquarters in Houston, Texas
Chairman and CEO
During his 25 years with Air Liquide, Potier has handled many aspects of Air Liquides business. Since his appointment as Corporate Chief Executive in 1997, he has assumed global responsibility for operations and development.
Senior Executive Vice President
Dufour joined the Air Liquide Group in 1997, as vice president worldwide engineering. In 1998, he was appointed group industrial director, overseeing the technical aspects of operations and maintenance for the group worldwide. He has been a member of the group’s executive committee since 2000 and has served as executive vice president since 2002.
Michael J. Graff
Senior Vice President, Americas
Graff joined Air Liquide in April 2007 as president and CEO of Air Liquide USA LLC and chairman of the board of Air Liquide Canada. He leads Air Liquide's North American industrial gas operations and business activities from its Houston headquarters.
For the latest financial reports, visit: www.airliquide.com/en/investors.html