The North American industrial gas firm, Air Products, Inc. has announced a sequence of executive changes, effective immediately.

Longstanding employee, Corning Painter has been appointed Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Technology. Painter will now be responsible for the company’s Corporate Strategy, Technology, Marketing and Sustainability. He will also serve on Air Products’ Corporate Executive Committee (CEC).

Painter joined Air Products in 1984 as a participant in the company’s Career Development Program and subsequently progressed through a variety of commercial and operating positions. He was appointed to his most recent position, Vice President and General Manager of Global Electronics, in 2006 and recently relocated to the United States after 11 years overseas. Painter received a BS degree in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1984.

John Marsland has been appointed Senior Vice President and General Manager of Electronics, Performance Materials and Supply Chain. He will assume responsibility for the Electronics and Performance Materials business segment in addition to his current duties of Senior Vice President, Supply Chain, where he has responsibility for Air Products’ Global Engineering, Global Operations, Energy and Materials, and Continuous Improvement organisations.

Marsland joined Air Products in 2002 as Director-Business Development and has since served in a variety of executive leadership positions. He is also is a member of the company’s CEC.



Wayne Mitchell has been appointed Vice President and General Manager of Electronics. According to the firm, his responsibilities include developing and implementing the global strategy for Air Products’ Electronics business. Mitchell joined Air Products in 1988 as European Sales and Marketing Manager when the company acquired Anchor Chemical Group PLC in Manchester, England.

Thomas Ward has taken the role of Vice President, Global Business Support Services, and will be responsible for leading the company’s support services for Human Resources, Finance, Customer Engagement, Procurement, Order Management and Delivery Scheduling. Ward joined Air Products in 1981 as a development engineer in the Applied Research and Development group.

Lastly, Ivo Bols is to take the mantle of Vice President and General Manager for Global Liquid Bulk, Generated Gases and Helium. In this position, he is responsible for developing and implementing the global strategy for the company’s liquid bulk, generated gases and helium businesses.