After running the Air Liquide Foundation for almost a decade, Chairman and CEO Benoît Potier has stepped down from the role.

Jean-Marc de Royere, member of the group’s executive committee, has been appointed to take the helm as the new Chairman of the Air Liquide Foundation acting on a proposal made by Potier.

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Under his new role, Royere will support the Foundation as it enters a new phase of development, pursuing the Foundation’s actions and launching new initiatives aimed at growing its contribution to a more sustainable world.

Royere’s term was effective as of 30th March 2017. He had served as a Director on the Board of the Air Liquide Foundation since it was founded.

The French corporation’s leader had served as Chairman of the Foundation since its establishment in 2008. He will remain a Director on the Board.

Created in 2008, the association attests the group’s commitment to being a responsible company engaged in long-term philanthropy action.

The industrial gas corporation’s foundation supports and studies projects in over 50 countries. It has supported 231 micro-initiatives and 32 research projects since its inception.