African Oxygen (Afrox) has issued a statement announcing the resignation of managing director Tjaart Kruger, effective in the third quarter of year, with an exact date to be confirmed.

Kruger took up the position in 2007 and the statement notes that ‘Mr Kruger made a valuable contribution to Afrox since taking the reigns of the company’.

Further, he played a ‘key role in its reorganisation and modernisation to reflect the realities of doing business in today’s challenging economic environment’.

‘The Directors, management and staff of Afrox wish him well in his new endeavours,” it read.

Gasworld understands that a recruitment process to seek a suitable replacement for the position of Managing Director has been commissioned immediately and ‘further announcements will follow in due course’.

The news follows the announcement that Mike Huggon had been appointed as Chairman of the Afrox Board of Directors recently, effective as of 20th May 2011. Huggon is, concurrently, Managing Director of BOC UK and replaced former Arox chairman Kent Masters, who relinquished his position following the company’s AGM on 19th May.