Industrial gas giant Air Products has appointed a new leader to spearhead its Spanish and Portugese subsidiaries.

Ahmed Hababou has been named as the CEO of both Carburos Metálicos and Air Products Gasin in Portugal. Additionally, Hababou has assumed the role of Vice-President for South Subregion Air Products Europe, effective as of 1st October.

Hababou joined the Tier One company in 2002 and held the position of General Manager in the Middle East from 2005-2008. He then headed up the Packaged Gases supply chain at Carburos Metálicos until 2013 before becoming European Specialty Gases and Helium Operations Manager for the business.

“Our priority remains to maintain business excellence that defines and strengthens us as leaders in the field of industrial gases in Spain and Portugal”

Ahmed Hababou, CEO of Carburos Metálicos and Air Products Gasin

Following his appointment, he enthused, “It is with great enthusiasm and respect that I face this new position. Leading an historic company like Carburos Metálicos, which will celebrate its 120th anniversary next year, and Gasin, which is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary in Portugal, is a great honour and a major professional challenge.”

“Our priority remains to maintain business excellence that defines and strengthens us as leaders in the field of industrial gases in Spain and Portugal.”

Hababou takes the helm from Francesco Maione, who spent five years as head of both the Spanish and Portuguese units. Maione will move to Houston, Texas, to assume the position of Vice-President and General Manager for the South American sub region of Air Products.