Airgas has announced that Ronald J. Stark has been named Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Stark has served as President of Airgas North Central, one of 12 regional companies that make up Airgas' distribution business, since he joined Airgas in 2003.

Including his time with Airgas, Stark brings 24 years of experience in the industrial gas and equipment business to this new role. He will be responsible for sales and marketing strategy including development and alignment of key markets within the Airgas regional company structure.

$quot;We are at an important stage in our Company development,$quot; said Molinini, Airgas Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, whom Stark will report to.”

$quot;Ron's wide array of skills and experience will provide great support to our 1500-member sales force as they bring our industry-leading product and service offerings to our customers.$quot;

Stark began his career at Union Carbide-Linde Division (now Praxair) in 1985, and has since worked in a series of positions at MVE, a Minnesota-based supplier of cryogenic storage and distribution technology which later became Chart Industries, before joining Airgas.