Air Products’ Laurie Stewart, Vice-President of Energy and Materials, and General Services and Chief Procurement Officer, has been named one of Pennsylvania’s Most Powerful and Influential Women by the Pennsylvania Diversity Council.

Stewart received the honour this week at a breakfast featuring former Michigan governor Jennifer M. Granholm.

The Most Powerful & Influential Women award recognises leadership excellence in the public and/or private sectors. Winners exhibit the ability to sustain a record of accomplishments and/or contributions to a field of work throughout the scope of their career.

Winners also demonstrate sustained clout within their organisation in terms of significant impact on revenues, profitability, and/or direction of the organization, leadership and commitment to community well-being and/or high visibility in the community, and an overall commitment to the highest ethical standards and professional excellence.

Stewart was named Vice-President, Energy and Materials, and General Services, in March 2009. She is responsible for managing all aspects of global procurement and strategic sourcing efforts, which includes energy, capital, corporate, and raw materials, as well as the Corporate Real Estate and General Services organizations.

Stewart assumed the added role of Chief Procurement Officer in October 2012, and also serves on the company’s leadership council for Diversity and Inclusion, and is a member of the company’s Women in Leadership group.

Corning Painter, Senior Vice-President and General Manager, Merchant Gases, enthused, “Laurie’s business achievements and leadership in Diversity and Inclusion make her an integral part of Air Products leadership team.”

“Laurie has been a mentor, role model and true champion of diversity, helping position Air Products to fully embrace the contributions of all our employees.”