Air Liquide Japan (ALJ) has announced a new Director and Chairman of the board as part of the Tier One company’s recent regional shuffling of its worldwide management.

Alain Combier has been named as the new Director and Chairman of the Board. He will be based in Tokyo and manage both the Japan and Korea operations.

Combier joined Air Liquide in 1983, but has most recently been serving as Vice-President of Medical Gases in the Healthcare division of Europe and North America.

He takes over the helm from Koushi Kitadai, who has now assumed the position of Chairman of the Board of Air Liquide Asia Pacific. Kitadai will however, continue to serve as the Director of ALJ.

This restructuring decision was made at the general meeting of the shareholders and the board, which was held on 1st January 2016.