Benoît Potier, Chairman and CEO of Air Liquide, is to succeed Leif Johansson as Chairman of the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT) as of 1st June 2014.

The European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT), created in 1983, is a forum of 52 leaders of major companies of European parentage. These companies are drawn from a wide range of industry sectors in 18 European countries, and have a combined turnover exceeding €1,300bn – sustaining around 6.8 million jobs in the region.

They invest more than €51bn annually in Research & Development (R&D), largely in Europe; equivalent to 18% of total EU R&D expenditure.

Benoît Potier, who joined Air Liquide in 1981 as an Engineer in the R&D Division and has held different positions in the Group in the Strategic Department as well as in Operations prior to being appointed Chief Executive Officer of Air Liquide in 1997 and Chairman and CEO in May 2006, joined ERT in 2007 and was elected ERT Vice-Chairman in 2010.