Air Products has appointed Wayne Smith to its Board of Directors, effective 1st August (2021).

Confirming the news on Monday (19th July), the industrial gas giant said Smith holds more than 35 years of leadership experience across the industrial gases and chemicals industries. 

He recently retired from BASF, where he served as chairman and CEO of BASF Corporation since May 2015 and as member of the Board of Management Directors of the parent company.

Smith is no stranger to Air Products, having known Seifi Ghasemi, Air Products’ Chairman, President and CEO of the past 32 years.

Welcoming Smith to the role, Ghasemi, said, “I am very pleased to have Wayne join our Board of Directors, bringing his extensive experience as a top-level leader in our sector. I have known Wayne for the past 32 years and had the pleasure of working with him in the 1990s at another industrial gas company.”

“He is a keenly intelligent, focused, and strategic thinker. I look forward to working with Wayne and the rest of our talented Board as we execute Air Products’ strategy providing sustainable energy and environmental solutions for the world.”