Air Products South Africa (Pty) Ltd., the South African unit of US-based industrial gas conglomerate Air Products, has appointed Robert Richardson as its new Managing Director.

The new chief has over two decades of experience in the industrial gases industry, previously holding several operational and managerial positions within the Air Products corporation and fellow Tier One player, The Linde Group.

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Source: Air Products South Africa

Rob Richardson, Managing Director, Air Products South Africa

Richardson (left) takes over the helm from previous Managing Director Mike Hellyar, who recently announced his retirement after nine years in the position.

Hellyar praised his successor and declared, “I am confident that Richardson’s industry experience and knowledge, locally and abroad, will stand him in good stead as the leader to take Air Products South Africa to new heights.”

Richardson will become the fourth Managing Director appointed throughout the industrial gas corporation’s 47-year history.