Praxair, Inc. has announced that Guillermo Bichara, currently Associate General Counsel & Assistant Secretary, is to succeed Jim Breedlove as Vice-President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, effective 1st January (2015).

Breedlove will retire on 27th February 2015, after 10 years of service with Praxair, and will serve in an advisory capacity to the company during Bichara’s succession from 1st January until his departure in late February.

Bichara will lead Praxair’s legal, compliance & ethics, and government affairs departments and will report to Praxair Chairman and CEO Steve Angel.

“Guillermo brings critical global experience to his new role as general counsel,” Angel said. “Since joining Praxair, Guillermo has spent much of his career working in our international businesses and has made a great impact as a leader, business confidant and a legal expert.”

Bichara joined Praxair in 2006 as director of legal affairs at Praxair Mexico. One year later, he was named vice-president and general counsel of Praxair Asia, a position he held for four years. In 2011, he was named associate general counsel with responsibility for Praxair Europe and Praxair Mexico.

In 2013, Bichara was promoted to associate general counsel & assistant secretary. Prior to joining Praxair, he was corporate counsel at CEMEX, Mexico’s global leader in the building materials industry, and was a foreign associate and counsel, respectively, at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and White & Case.