Air Products said that Seifi Ghasemi has been named its new chairman, president and chief executive officer, effective July 1.
Ghasemi is currently a director of the company, and chairman and chief executive officer of Rockwood Holdings, Inc. Ghasemi succeeds John E. McGlade who will continue to serve in his current role through June 30 and then retire.
Ghasemi, who was appointed to the Board of Air Products in September 2013, is an accomplished global business leader who brings an ideal combination of financial and operational acumen, significant experience overseeing an international portfolio, and expertise in the industrial gases, specialty chemicals and advanced materials industries.
Since 2001, he has served as chairman and chief executive officer of Rockwood Holdings, a global leader in inorganic specialty chemicals and advanced materials. Prior to joining Rockwood, Ghasemi held a number of leadership positions at global industrial companies, including chairman and chief executive officer of GKN Sinter Metals, Inc., and in a variety of senior roles with The BOC Group, which is now part of Linde AG.
Press Release, June 18, 2014