The Compressed Gas Association (CGA) has appointed William J. Kroll as its chairman.

Kroll is chairman and CEO of New-Jersey-based Matheson, the largest subsidiary of Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation.

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 honor and a privilege – especially as the CGA celebrates its centennial.”

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.

Kroll has already effectively stepped into the chairman’s role: in his capacity as vice-chair for 2011 he took over from 2011 chair Kim Denney, who resigned the post when she left her position at Air Liquide. Kroll quipped, “The Board is getting six months more of me than they bargained for.”

A distinguished scientist and businessman with over 30 years’ experience in the gas industry, Kroll was also recently named 2012 President of the International Oxygen Manufacturers Association (IOMA).

Since 1913, the CGA 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.