Air Products’ leader Seifi Ghasemi has been awarded with the 2017 biennial International Palladium Medal for his distinguished contributions to the chemical industry.

The Chairman, President and CEO of the Tier One corporation has been recognised by the Société de Chimie Industrielle, an industry organisation committed to inspiring interest and knowledge sharing in the chemical and life sciences industry through networking, advanced learning and the recognition of leaders and mentorship, for his stellar contributions and leadership role within the industry.

The award also recognises Ghasemi’s personal record of enhancing the international aims and objectives of the Société de Chimie Industrielle.

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Source: Air Products

Seifi Ghasemi, Chairman, President and CEO of Air Products

The award was established in 1958, with 28 Palladium Medals having been awarded to American, French, British and German recipients since.

Peter Young, President of the organisation, announced, “Seifi Ghasemi, through his lifelong career accomplishments and contributions to the industry, exemplifies the reasons why the International Palladium Medal Award was established 59 years ago.”

Ghasemi took over the helm of Air Products from previous CEO John McGlade in July 2014, and has led the US industrial gas giant to success by reorganising and decentralising its gases business, exiting non-core businesses, driving culture change and improving operational efficiency over the past two years.

Prior to joining to Air Products, Ghasemi served as Chairman and CEO of Rockwood Holdings, a global leader in inorganic specialty chemicals and advanced materials that was acquired by Albemarle Corporation in January 2015, from 2001-2014. Earlier in his stellar career, Ghasemi spent nearly 20 years with The BOC Group in positions including director of the Main Board and President of BOC Gases Americas.

Ghasemi will receive the accolade on 1st June at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York.