Air Products’ former Chairman and CEO Harold (“Hap”) A. Wagner died on 26th July, 2018 at the age of 82 in California. Wagner served as Chairman and CEO of the company from 1992-2000.
“Our Air Products family is greatly saddened by Hap’s passing, and we extend our deepest sympathies to the Wagner family,” said Seifi Ghasemi, Chairman, President and CEO. “Hap focused on building strong positions in key markets, expanding Air Products’ presence globally, and developing people’s leadership skills – all initiatives that continue to serve us well today.”
Wagner began his career at Air Products in 1963 in applied research and development. He subsequently held a series of sales positions in the Industrial Gas Division (IGD). Wagner moved to the UK in 1970 as general manager for IGD and in 1976 became general manager of Continental Europe. He returned to the US in 1980 as general manager of sales and regional development and one year later became vice-president of sales for IGD in the US. In 1982, Wagner was elected vice-president, corporate planning, and in 1987 moved to the company’s Chemicals Group where he was named vice-president, business divisions. He became president of Air Products Europe in 1988 and executive vice-president of world Gases and Equipment in 1990. He was elected to Air Products’ Board and became president and chief operating officer in 1991 and was elected chairman and CEO in 1992, retiring in December 2000.
A California native, Wagner received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 1958 and an M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1963. In 1982 he completed the Stanford Executive Programme. Wagner received an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering degree from Lehigh University in 1998, and Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from Moravian College in 1999 and an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Human Letters from DeSales University in 2000. He also served in the US Air Force from 1958-1961 as an officer in the Strategic Air Command.
In addition to serving on Air Products’ Board, Wagner served on many business and non-profit boards, including Agere, Arsenal Digital Solutions, CIGNA Corporation, Maersk, PACCAR, United Technologies Corporation, and the Dorothy Rider Pool Healthcare Trust. He also served on the Eisenhower Fellowships, Lehigh University and KidsPeace® National Council for Kids boards of trustees.