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Benoît Potier

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Born in 1957 – French nationality

Date of first appointment: 2000
Start of current term: 2014
End of current term: 2018


A graduate of CentraleSupélec (Ecole Centrale Paris), Benoît Potier joined Air Liquide in 1981 as a Research and Development engineer. After serving as a Project Manager in the Engineering and Construction Division, he was made Vice-President of Energy Development in the Large Industries business line. In 1993, he became Director of Strategy & Organization and, in 1994, was put in charge of the Chemicals, Metal & Steel, Oil and Energy Markets. He was made an Executive Vice-President of Air Liquide in 1995 with additional responsibilities over the Engineering & Construction Division and the Large Industries operations in Europe.

Benoît Potier was appointed Senior Executive Vice-President in 1997. He was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2000 and became Chairman of the Management Board in November 2001.

In 2006, he was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of L’Air Liquide S.A.

Positions and activities

Functions within the Air Liquide Group

  • Chairman and Chief Executive Officer: L’Air Liquide S.A.* (Chairman of the Working Group “Shareholders Relations”), Air Liquide International, Air Liquide International Corporation (ALIC)
  • Director: American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc., Air Liquide Foundation

Positions or activities outside the Air Liquide Group

  • Chairman: European Round Table (ERT)
  • Director: Danone* (President of the Strategy Committee, member of the Appointment and Remuneration Committee)
  • Director: CentraleSupélec, Association nationale des sociétés par actions (ANSA)
  • Member of the Board: Association française des entreprises privées (AFEP)
  • Member of the French Board: INSEAD

(*) Listed companies are indicated by an asterisk.