The Board of Directors of the CGA (Compressed Gas Association) has appointed William J. Kroll as Chairman of the Board.
Kroll is Chairman and CEO at MATHESON, headquartered in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, US and the largest subsidiary of Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation (TNSC), the fifth largest supplier of compressed gases in the world.
Upon hearing the news, Kroll said, “For most of my career, I have worked alongside the CGA, and oftentimes worked with it on several important initiatives. To now serve as its Chairman is an honour and a privilege – especially as the CGA celebrates its centennial.”
According to a MATHESON press release, at the CGA Annual Meeting in April, 2011, Mr. Kroll was elected CGA Vice-Chairman for 2011. His Vice-Chairman term was to expire in April 2012, at which time he would assume the position of Chairman. In September (2011), however, Kroll was appointed to serve the balance of the term of 2011 as Chairman of the Board after Kim Denney resigned the post upon leaving her position at Air Liquide. Kroll will serve as Chairman through April 2013.
With his hallmark humour, Kroll quipped, “The Board is getting six months more of me than they bargained for.”
Kroll’s experience in the gas business spans more than 30 years, and he has penned more than 50 papers in the areas of physical and chemical vapour deposition for semiconductor technology and is a member of IEEE, SEMI, SPIE, SAE, The Electrochemical Society and MRS. He currently serves on the boards of the AeA, IOMA, Northwestern University McCormick School of Applied Science and Engineering, Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc. and TNSC.
The CGA represents all facets of the gas industry: manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and transporters of gases, cryogenic liquids, and related products. The reach of the CGA embraces industrial, medical, and specialty gases in compressed or liquefied form, and a range of gas handling equipment.
Since 1913, the Compressed Gas Association has been dedicated to the development and promotion of safety standards and safe practices in the industrial gas industry. More than 110 member companies worldwide work together through the committee system to create technical specifications, safety standards, and training and educational materials; to cooperate with governmental agencies in formulating responsible regulations and standards; and to promote compliance with these regulations and standards in the workplace.
The work of the CGA is carried out by committees of volunteers from member companies having expertise in the particular areas targeted. Each of these committees focuses on work item projects through its subcommittees and task forces. These working groups meet regularly at CGA headquarters in Northern Virginia or at other sites around the United States and Canada. CGA’s staff provides coordination and technical support.