The new Chairman and CEO of Air Products, Seifi Ghasemi, has stated his aim to make the company the “best in the world”.

The company posted two separate videos on its website, by means of introducing both customers and staff to the new man who leads the company since former CEO John McGlade retired from the post on June 30th.

In a statement, Mr. Ghasemi stated he has an “intimate” knowledge of the industrial gases sector – having over 20 years experience in it, and nine months serving on the Board of Directors.

“Whether you buy a cylinder or 2000tpd (of gas) it is important that you know you are buying from a company that you can depend on to deliver what you need in a safe a sustainable way,” Mr. Ghasemi stated, adding “Our goal is to make Air Products the supplier of choice for you. This will take dedication and effort and I assure you I will work 24 hours a day 7 days a week to make this happen.”

With a clear focus on customer service, throughout the team of over 21,000 global employees, the CEO then stated to employees that the future of the business is in their hands.

“I plan to come around and see people face to face to hear everyone’s suggestions… Air Products has a great future ahead of it,” said Mr. Ghasemi.

“As a team, I believe Air Products can be the best in the industry. We will be committed to excellence. In fact, I believe the only sustainable element of a long-term competitive advantage is the degree of commitment and motivation of the people in the enterprise. I possess a great sense of personal urgency and am very excited about working together with all of Air Products’ stakeholders as we move forward to achieve our goal.”

Following the announcement that Mr. Ghasemi would become CEO, shares in Air Products climbed 8% to a record high.