The Asia Industrial Gases Association (AIGA) has announced changes to its leadership structure, following the retirement of long-term Secretary General LOW Wing Keong and the relocation of Board President Anne Roby.

AIGA has revealed that Milan Sarkar, formerly with Praxair India, has assumed the Secretary General position effective February 2014 and has been in transition with the current secretary until the end of March.

After 10 years as the secretary general, first appointed in 2003 when AIGA was established, LOW Wing Keong retires from AIGA. During his time in the role, AIGA has progressed steadily with National Associations and has maintained an active participation with the International Harmonization Council (IHC) on global standards for the industry.

Sarkar (pictured right) has a long history in the regional gases business and was head of operations in Praxair before his last position in Reliability, Quality, Safety and Productivity. He was a member of the AIGA Packaged Gases Work Group five years ago and was also the chairman of the Technical Committee for the Gas Industries Association, India.

As he now endeavours to lead AIGA forward, Sarkar will be based in Bangalore, India. The AIGA registered office remains in Singapore.

Board changes

Changes have also been revealed at a board level at AIGA, following the recent AIGA Board meeting on 19th February 2014.

Foremost was the resignation of the Board President, Praxair’s Anne Roby, who relinquishes the position as she returns to the US to take up a new appointment. Mok Kwong Weng, previously Vice-President, has now stepped up to the position of President.

It is understood that the position of vice-president will now be vacant until new elections take place in October (2014).

A number of other changes have been made to the board, including the appointment of new board members Werner Hickel (Messer China), Helmut Schneider and John Panikar (Praxair Asia).