A succession change like no other?


The announcement yesterday that Sanjiv Lamba will succeed Steve Angel as CEO of Linde plc is an interesting development on so many levels.

Lamba will officially succeed Angel as Linde’s CEO, effective 1st March 2022, after more than 30 years within the group across various senior positions. Steve Angel, Linde’s current CEO, will become Chairman and succeed Wolfgang Reitzle, who will retire after nearly 20 years with the company.

The very top leadership roles of these huge Tier One players seldom change hands very often, and particularly so if those companies are performing well. That’s why it’s so fascinating to see succession planning in progress, and I look forward to seeing this changing of the guard when it happens in March.

Lamba’s leadership of the business will come at an exciting, if not transitional, time for the business and the industry as a whole. In fact, it’s arguably the most opportunistic time for the industry and those leaders within it and, equally, the most challenging.

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