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Praxair, Inc.

Praxair, Inc.

Sector: Industrial Gases Region: CT, United States


: | New York Stock Exchange: PX


Praxair, Inc. is an industrial gas supplier in North and South America. It designs, engineers, manufactures and operates facilities that produce and distribute industrial gases. The company's primary products are oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, argon, carbon dioxide, helium, electronic gases and a range of specialty gases. It operates through five segments: North America, Europe, South America, Asia and Surface Technologies Segment. Praxair's operations consist of two major product lines: Industrial gases and Surface technologies. The Industrial Gases product line centers on the manufacturing and distribution of atmospheric gases and process gases. The Surface Technologies segment supplies wear-resistant and high-temperature corrosion-resistant metallic and ceramic coatings and powders to the aircraft, energy, printing, textile, plastics, primary metals, petrochemical and other industries. It also manufactures a complete line of electric arc, plasma and high-velocity oxygen fuel spray equipment as well as arc and flame wire equipment used for the application of wear resistant coatings. Praxair was founded in 1907 and is headquartered in Danbury, CT.

Executives

Stephen F. Angel, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Stephen F. Angel, Steve has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Praxair Inc., an affiliate of Praxair Peru S.R.L. and Praxair Healthcare Services, Inc. since January 1, 2007 and March 1, 2006 respectively. Mr. Angel served as the Chief Operating Officer of Praxair Inc. since March 1, 2006 and its Executive Vice President from 2001 to 2006. Prior to joining Praxair Inc. in 2001, he served as General Manager for the General Electric Company Industrial Systems Power Equipment business. Mr. Angel joined GE's Electrical Distribution and Control (ED&C) business in 1979 and after a series of promotions in sales and marketing became general manager of the switchgear business in 1992. Since 1995, he served as General Manager of Marketing for ED&C. He served as General Manager for Marketing & Sales of GE's Transportation Systems business from 1996 to 1999. He has been the Chairman of Praxair Inc. since May 1, 2007 and its Executive Director since April 2006. He has been a Director of PPG Industries Inc. since December 9, 2010. He serves as a Director of US-China Business Council and also serves on the Board of the National Association of Manufacturers. Mr. Angel serves as a Member of Advisory Board of Hankamer School of Business. He is a Member of the Business Roundtable and the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum. Mr. Angel received a Bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State University and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Loyola College in Baltimore.
James S. Sawyer, Chief Financial Officer
Jim Sawyer became executive vice president and chief financial officer of Praxair, Inc. in 2006. He had been senior vice president and chief financial officer since 2003. He is responsible for the company’s finance, audit, treasury, accounting, tax, information technology and investor relations functions. Sawyer joined the company in 1985 and became assistant treasurer the following year. In 1986, he was named manager of capital markets planning and three years later became area treasurer for Europe. He was appointed assistant treasurer for Praxair in 1992, vice president and treasurer in 1994, and vice president and chief financial officer in 2000. A native of Greenwich, Connecticut, Sawyer holds a bachelor of science degree in geology and environmental sciences from Wesleyan University, and a master’s degree in business administration from the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Conference Board’s Senior Financial Officers Council and the Financial Executive Institute. Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America, and one of the largest worldwide, with 2012 sales of $11 billion. The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric and process 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 others.
Raymond P. Roberge, Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer
Ray Roberge was named senior vice president and chief technology officer for Praxair in 2008. He is responsible for setting strategic direction for corporate-wide research and development activities and for coordination of global market networks which facilitate the rapid transfer of technology and innovation to support customers. The following functions also report to Roberge: Global Supply Systems, Global Operations Excellence Development and Sustainable Development. Roberge joined Praxair in 1973 in research and development and subsequently held positions in applications technology, business management, marketing and Accelerated Quality Implementation. In 1996, he became director of business development for advanced air separation and added ceramic membrane development to his portfolio two years later. He moved to Global Supply Systems in 1998 as director of product line development. He became vice president of Praxair/MRC in 1999, and in 2002 was named vice president, Sales and Business Development, for Praxair Electronics. He became president of Praxair Electronics in 2005. Roberge holds a bachelor’s degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan, both in chemical engineering. Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America, and one of the largest worldwide, with 2012 sales of $11 billion. The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric and process 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 others.

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