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Highlights of the 2019 Shareholders’ Meeting

On May 7, over 3,900 shareholders attended the 2019 Annual General Meeting, at the Palais des Congrès, in Paris. Just as in previous years, this key moment in the Group’s schedule was a special opportunity for dialogue and proximity.

Discussions with shareholders for over an hour

This year, the Annual General Meeting was focused on “Inventors of the future”. With a focus on innovation, Benoît Potier, alongside the Board Directors, presented the Group's strategic progress and outlook. Following his speech, he discussed for over an hour with the audience. For the first time ever, a digital device introduced the major themes selected by shareholders, deeply addressed by Benoît Potier during the Q&A session.

Air Liquide - Inventors of the future

Discovering the Group’s activities

With the aim of helping shareholders discover its businesses, as well as its latest innovations, the Group held a large exhibition before starting the meeting. This was a special moment for shareholders who could then easily discuss with Air Liquide experts about the “Climate objectives” announced by the Group in November 2018. Shareholder Services advisors were also available to answer shareholders’ questions.

Air Liquide's 2019 AGM - Responsible growth

Diversity at the heart of the Board of Directors

The shareholders decided to renew, for a period of four years, the terms of office of Ms. Siân Herbert-Jones and Ms. Geneviève Berger as Directors. The Board of Directors is now composed of 12 members, including five women, and six members who are not French nationals. The current composition of the Board offers a complementary mix of experience, nationalities and cultures, and reflects the diversity policy applied by the Group.

Profitable growth for shareholders

Lastly, the proposed dividend, with an ex-date on May 20 and a payment date on May 22, was approved: it will be €2.65 per share (and €2.91 per share for shareholders who are eligible for the loyalty bonus).

Air Liquide's 2019 AGM - Profitable growth for the shareholders

Article published on May 10, 2019