The Board of Directors determines the major orientations of the Group, all activities included. It is therefore natural for its members to meet the teams during regular field visits.
In November 2016, Group Directors met with several Industrial Merchant customers from the Frankfurt region.To better understand the evolution of market needs, Directors visited a number of key customers including Braun, Opel, PepsiCo and Ebbecke, an SME expert in materials processing. During their meetings, they reviewed the diversity of industrial gas applications being used by these customers and discussed the added value of Air Liquide solutions in customer production processes. Board members then held a long discussion with a distributor of Air Liquide gases and equipment, supplying professionals and craftsmen in the region.
In September 2015, the members of the Board gathered near the city of Aix-en-Provence (France) for a board meeting devoted to healthcare. A great opportunity to discuss topics ranging from innovation and geographic expansion to actions designed to increase competitiveness.
To help them better understand the operations of a Home Healthcare service provider, each member accompanied a nurse or a technician from Air Liquide on visits to the homes of patients suffering from chronic diseases requiring long term care.
In 2014, the Board members went to Houston, in the heart of one of the world's largest industrial basins. On the agenda: take a closer look at the Large Industries business line, talk about the new energy playing field and review Air Liquide's latest innovations. An intense program including expert presentations, facility tours and fruitfull discussions with the local management team and operational field staff.