Executive Committee

The Executive Committee coordinates the management of the Group’s various programs and activities, with a particular focus on reviewing operational management in terms of objectives, progress and action plans, change management, HR strategy and business development. Benoît Potier is the Chairman and CEO.

Benoît Potier

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Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Born in 1957 – French nationality

A graduate of CentraleSupélec (Ecole Centrale Paris), Benoît Potier joined Air Liquide in 1981 as a Research & Development engineer. After serving as a Project Manager in the Engineering & 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.

François Jackow

François Jackow

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Executive Vice President

Born in 1969 - French nationality

François Jackow joined Air Liquide in 1993. Currently, he serves as Executive Vice President supervising Europe Industries, Europe Healthcare and Africa / Middle East / India hubs, as well as the Healthcare business line, the Innovation, Technologies, Digital / IT  functions and the Customer Experience program.

After starting with Air Liquide, he has held various positions in Marketing, Business Development, Engineering and Strategy in the United States, the Netherlands and France.

From 2002 to 2007, François Jackow was in charge of Innovation, as Vice President of Research, Development, and Advanced Technologies for the Group. From 2007 to 2011, he was President and CEO of Air Liquide Japan based in Tokyo.

From 2011 to 2014, he headed the Large Industries business line and from 2014 to 2016 was in charge of Corporate Strategy.

François Jackow’s educational background is in Research in chemistry and biology and in business administration both from France and the United States.

He has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2014.

Michael J Graff

Michael J. Graff

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Executive Vice President

Born in 1955 - American nationality

Michael Graff joined Air Liquide in 2007. He is currently Executive Vice President, supervising the Americas and Asia Pacific hubs. He is also in charge of the Electronics business line. He is also Chairman of the Board of Airgas.

He is a senior executive with over 30 years of experience in the energy, chemicals and polymers industries across the Americas, Asia and Europe. He began his career with Amoco and BP, plc and has then served as president or CEO of several global chemical and polymer businesses.

Michael Graff’s educational background is in chemical engineering, business, and executive management.

He has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2009.

Fabienne Lecorvaisier

Born in 1962 - French nationality

Fabienne Lecorvaisier joined Air Liquide in 2008 and is currently Executive Vice President, in charge of Sustainable Development, Public and International Affairs as well as the supervision of societal programs and more particularly the Air Liquide Foundation. She is also in charge of the General Secretariat.

Fabienne Lecorvaisier started her career at Société Générale. After holding various positions at Barclays Bank and the Banque du Louvre, she joined the Essilor Group in 1993 as Development Director. In 1996, she was appointed Finance and Information Systems Director for Essilor America and was named CFO for the Essilor Group in 2001. In 2007, she was appointed Head of Strategy and Acquisitions for Essilor.

From 2008 to 2021, she was Chief Finance Officer for Air Liquide Group. 

Fabienne Lecorvaisier has a degree in engineering.

She has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2008.

Jean-Marc de Royere

Jean-Marc de Royere

Born in 1965 - French nationality

Jean-Marc de Royere began his career with Air Liquide in 1990. He is currently Senior Vice President in charge of Development Aid. He is also Chairman of the Air Liquide Foundation.
He began his career with Air Liquide in the Engineering field, in a sales position, moving in 1993 to business development in large industrial markets, first in France then in Hong Kong.
He was appointed head of Group Strategic Planning in 1995, adding Corporate Controlling in 1997. From 1999 to 2004, he started a technology business for the Group (“VSD”), through acquisitions.

In 2000, Jean-Marc de Royere was appointed head of the Group’s Healthcare Division, which he developed internationally, particularly around home healthcare.

In January 2010, he was appointed head of Air Liquide’s Asia-Pacific business, while being based in Tokyo.
He next moved to Frankfurt (end of 2013) where he started the Group’s sustainability programme, as it was focusing on air quality and the climate.
Jean-Marc de Royere has a business degree.

He has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2000.

François Venet

François Venet

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Senior Vice President

Born in 1962 - French nationality

François Venet joined Air Liquide in 1988. He is currently Senior ​Vice President in charge of Strategy. He also supervises the Large Industries business line and Engineering & Construction.
François Venet began his career with Air Liquide as a Development Engineer and then a Product Manager before moving to the United States in 1992 to hold various management positions in Air Liquide’s U.S. operations, including Senior Vice President for the Industrial Merchant Business Unit.

In 2002, Francois Venet returned to the Group’s headquarters and served as Vice President for Acquisitions, Strategy and Operations Control. In 2005, he was appointed Vice President for European Integration and Development, responsible for Central European industrial functions.

He moved to Frankfurt in 2007 to lead the newly acquired Lurgi Group, an engineering company. In 2011, he was appointed Vice President of Engineering & Construction. In 2013, Francois Venet was appointed Executive Vice President for the Asia Pacific zone. In 2015, he was appointed Executive Vice President of the Shanghai Hub, leading operations in Asia Pacific.

François Venet’s educational background is in engineering and business administration.

He has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2014.

Pascal Vinet

Pascal Vinet

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Senior Vice President

Born in 1962 - French nationality

Before joining Air Liquide in 1986, Pascal Vinet worked for the NASA in Cleveland (United States).

He is currently Senior Vice President supervising Europe Industries and Africa / Middle East /India hubs. He is also in charge of the Safety and Industrial System function.

In his 35 years with Air Liquide, Pascal Vinet has held diverse positions in many different geographies, including Managing Director of Air Liquide Australia from 1995 to 1998, COO of the French Industrial Merchant activities from 1998 to 1999, Vice President for Research & Development from 1999 to 2002, and President of the U.S. Industrial Merchant activities from 2002 to 2005.

From 2005 to 2009 he served as Strategic Control Vice President in charge of Group corporate functions (Operations Control, Strategic Planning, Procurement, IT). Between 2010 and 2016, Pascal Vinet served as Vice President supervising operations worldwide for Air Liquide Healthcare.

From 2016 to 2021, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Airgas in the USA.

Pascal Vinet’s educational background is in engineering and he holds a PhD in physics.

He has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2011.

François Abrial

François Abrial

Vice President

Born in 1962 - French nationality

After working for 10 years with Danone, François Abrial joined the Group in 1996.

In 2017, he was appointed Executive Vice President of the Asia Pacific hub.

When he joined Air Liquide, he served as Managing Director of a subsidiary in France (Carboxyque) and then as Group Deputy Human Resources Director.

From 2004 to 2007, he supervised the Medical Gases and Medical Equipment businesses before taking on responsibility for the Africa and Middle East zone for several years.

In 2010, he was appointed Vice President of Human Resources for the Group.

François Abrial has a business degree.

He has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2011.

Macrelo Fioranelli

Marcelo Fioranelli

Born in 1968 - Brazilian nationality

Marcelo Fioranelli joined Air Liquide in 2001. 

He is currently CEO of Airgas, an Air Liquide company, operating the Air Liquide Group’s Industrial Merchant and Healthcare activities in the United States and headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania.

Marcelo Fioranelli previously served as Senior Vice President for Air Liquide’s Americas hub based in Houston after leading Air Liquide entities in China and Brazil. 

His educational background is in business administration, marketing and metallurgy engineering.

He has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2021

Matthieu Giard

Matthieu Giard

Born in 1974 - French nationality

Matthieu Giard is currently Vice President supervising Hydrogen activities and the Industrial Merchant business line. He is also in charge of the Procurement and the Efficiency programs at Group level.

After a first experience in the consulting industry, Matthieu Giard joined Air Liquide in 2004 in the Benelux, in the Industrial Merchant operations. In 2008, he became Industrial Director for the Medical Gases activity in the United States, before being CEO of the Canadian Healthcare operations.

From 2014 to 2018, he managed the Dubai Hub supervising operations in Africa, Middle East and India.

Matthieu Giard's educational background is in engineering and management.

He has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2019.

Armelle Levieux

Born in 1973 - French nationality

Armelle Levieux joined Air Liquide in 1996. Since 2017, she is Vice President, Group Human Resources.

Since joining the Group, she held various positions in the fields of business development, marketing and operations in Europe. In 2013, she was appointed Chairman of the Management Board of Seppic, the specialty ingredients subsidiary in the Healthcare activity.

Armelle Levieux has a degree in engineering.

She has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2017.

Emilie Mouren-Renouard

Emilie Mouren-Renouard

Born in 1979 - French nationality

Emilie Mouren-Renouard is currently Vice President in charge of Innovation, Digital & IT, Intellectual Property as well as Global Markets & Technologies activity.

She joined Air Liquide in 2004 as Business Developer. She then held various positions in different geographies, notably in R&D in France and business development for Large Industries in the United States. 

Most recently, she was Vice President Metal Fabrication, in charge of the Packaged Gases and Welding Products business for Air Liquide Canada.

In 2018, Emilie Mouren-Renouard supervises the Digital & IT department.

Emilie Mouren-Renouard’s educational background is in engineering.

She has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2019.

Jérôme Pelletan

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Chief Financial Officer

Born in 1970 - French nationality

Jérôme Pelletan is currently Chief Financial Officer for the Group.

Prior to joining Air Liquide in 2006, Jérôme Pelletan held financial management roles at Deloitte, Accor and Hermès.

After a first experience in the Head Office in France as Director Organization & Accounting Standards, Jérôme Pelletan then developed his experience as Entity CFO in Taiwan. In 2012, he became CFO & Operations Controller for Latin America, in Brazil. Then he became in 2014 Chief Financial Officer for the Americas Hub (United States, Canada, Latin America), based in Houston (USA). 

He was notably in charge of the financial integration of Airgas into Air Liquide in the United States.

Jérôme Pelletan holds a Master Degree in Business and Finance.

He has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2021.

Diana Schillag

Diana Schillag

Born in 1971 - German nationality

Diana Schillag is currently Chief Executive Officer of Healthcare activities in Europe and supervises the Healthcare World Business Line.

She started her career in 1995 at Air Liquide in Germany in the Industrial Merchant activity, in sales and marketing. From 2000 to 2006, she held several senior positions in France in eBusiness, Human Resources and Sales Force Effectiveness.

She joined the Healthcare activity in 2007 as General Manager of Home Healthcare in Germany. She then led Air Liquide’s Healthcare World Business Line between 2012 and 2016.

Diana Schillag educational background is in management.

She has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2019.