Praxair announces senior leadership changes

Praxair Inc., Danbury-based producer, seller and distributor of atmospheric, process and specialty gases and high-performance surface coatings, announced changes to the company’s senior leadership team, effective Jan. 1, 2014.
Anne Roby has been promoted from Praxair Asia to senior vice president. Roby joined Praxair in 1991 and will succeed Ray Roberge, senior vice president and chief technology officer, who is retiring after 40 years with the company. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University and a doctoral degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware. She holds four patents for industrial gas applications.
John Panikar, president of Praxair Distribution Inc., has been promoted to president of Praxair Asia, responsible for managing Praxair’s industrial gases business in Asia as well as the Middle East. Panikar, who joined Praxair in 1991, is a native of Mumbai, India, and holds a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Rochester. He completed the advanced management program at Harvard Business School in 2010.
Executive Vice President Eduardo Menezes will have responsibility for Europe, Mexico and South America, and Executive Vice President Scott Telesz will oversee U.S. atmospheric gases, Canada and Praxair Surface Technologies.
Roby, Panikar, Menezes and Telesz all have extensive experience and have had success at Praxair, according to Steve Angel, chairman and CEO, giving him confidence that Praxair will benefit.
“The depth of our leadership talent is impressive and allows us to make seamless transitions in our organization,” he said in prepared comments. “Each one of these leaders has a proven track record of success and a deep knowledge of our business, customers and industry.”