Airgas, Inc. has announced that Kevin M. McBride has been named president - Airgas South Region, and Emmanuel Dupree has been named president - Airgas Refrigerants, Inc.

McBride succeeds Chuck Broadus who was recently promoted to president - Airgas South Division, while Dupree succeeds Ted Schulte who retires after nearly 16 years of executive leadership at Airgas.

McBride was most recently president - Airgas Great Lakes Region, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, one of 13 regions that make up the Airgas USA, LLC distribution business. He served in that capacity beginning in June 2007.

In his new role as president - South Region, McBride will lead Airgas’ efforts in an area that spans from southern Tennessee and eastern Mississippi through Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. Airgas’ South Region headquarters is located in Kennesaw, Georgioa.

“Kevin has been very successful in leading the Great Lakes region for the past six years,” said Chuck Broadus. “With Kevin’s leadership, the Great Lakes Region has been Airgas’ top-performing region for two of the last three years and last year came in a close second. Rankings are based on organic sales growth, EBITDA growth, and safety excellence. Kevin is returning to an area where he has worked and lived before and I’m pleased to be working with him as we continue to grow Airgas’ business in the South Region.”

Meanwhile, as newly appointed president - Airgas Refrigerants, Dupree brings to his role more than 20 years of finance and accounting experience, including financial leadership roles within Airgas. He most recently served as chief financial officer for Airgas Refrigerants, Inc., Airgas Specialty Products, Inc., and Airgas Nitrous Oxide, Inc.

As president - Airgas Refrigerants, Dupree will oversee Airgas’ full range of refrigerant products, reclamation services, and distribution networks that serve the air conditioning and refrigeration industries.

“Emmanuel has solid management experience as CFO for Airgas Refrigerants, Airgas Specialty Products, and Airgas Nitrous Oxide for the past six years,” said Airgas president and CEO Michael Molinini. “His experience and management skills will serve him well in his new role as Airgas Refrigerants continues to expand refrigerant sales and reclamation services.”

“Emmanuel assumes this responsibility as Ted Schulte retires from a very successful career at Airgas,” Molinini continued. “Over the years, Ted has been instrumental in helping us expand a number of strategic product lines at Airgas. From leading our liquid carbon dioxide and dry ice business and spearheading our Specialty Gases operations to helping expand our medical business and assisting with the creation of Airgas Specialty Products which built our platform for distributing ammonia, refrigerants, and process chemicals, Ted has made considerable contributions to Airgas during his tenure.”

The retiring Schulte joined Airgas in November 1997 as president - Airgas Carbonic, before serving in a variety of significant roles before becoming president - Airgas Specialty Products and leading Airgas Refrigerants since 2011.