Martha Heitzmann Appointed Vice President Of Research & Development
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Air Liquide America Corp.
18222 E. Petroleum Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA, 70809
Press release date: November 27, 2007
Martha Heitzmann has been appointed Vice-President Research & Development of the Air Liquide Group. She succeeds to François Jackow, who took over the management of Air Liquide Japan and Japan Air Gases.
Having held various environmental management positions with the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, she has been, from 1999 to 2007, Principal Administrator, Performance and Environmental Information Division at the OECD. In this position at the OECD, Martha Heitzmann acquired an in-depth understanding of how industrialized countries are working to integrate sustainable development objectives into various sectors such as energy, industry, transport and agriculture.
Her experience gives Air Liquide Group a strategic vision of the trends of economic incentives and the regulations in these important markets. Born in 1967, Martha Heitzmann holds a bachelor's degree in Ecology and Natural Resource Management from the University of Arizona, masters and doctorate degrees in Environmental Engineering from Harvard and an MBA from the Collège des Ingénieurs. She has dual French and American nationality.
With nearly 40,000 employees in 72 countries, Air Liquide is a world leader in industrial and medical gases and related services. The Group offers innovative solutions based on constantly enhanced technologies and produces air gases (oxygen, nitrogen, argon, rare gases...) and many other gases including hydrogen. The Group contributes to the manufacturing of many everyday products: bubbles in sparkling beverages, protective atmospheres for packed foods, oxygen for hospitals and homecare patients, ultra-pure gases for the semiconductor industry, hydrogen to desulfurize fuels...
Air Liquide is committed to sustainable development and helps to protect life. Founded in 1902, Air Liquide has successfully developed a long-term relationship with its shareholders built on trust and transparency and guided by the principles of corporate governance. Since the publication of its first consolidated financial statements in 1971, Air Liquide has posted strong and steady earnings growth. Sales in 2006 totaled 10,949 million euros, with sales outside France accounting for almost 80%. Air Liquide is listed on the Paris stock exchange and is a component of the CAC 40 and Eurostoxx 50 indices (ISIN code FR 0000120073).