DANBURY, Conn., March 14, 2011 — Anne Roby, currently president of Praxair Electronics, has been named president of Praxair Asia, responsible for the growth and profitability of Praxair’s industrial gases business in China, India, South Korea, and Thailand. She will retain responsibility for the global electronics business, which has operations in Asia, Europe and North America.
“Anne’s extensive knowledge of Praxair’s business and capabilities, along with her proven leadership abilities, puts her in a strong position to continue to deepen Praxair’s presence in the important Asian economy,” said Ricardo Malfitano, executive vice president.
Roby joined Praxair in 1991 as a development associate in the company's R&D organization. She became global marketing manager for chemicals and refining in 1996 and moved to Houston in 1999 to become a pipeline sales and business manager in the North American Industrial Gases business unit. She was named area director in 2004, responsible for commercial activities related to both pipeline and merchant atmospheric products. In 2006, she became vice president of the U.S. South Region, responsible for business in a seven-state area that includes many of Praxair’s major chemicals and refining customers. She was appointed vice president, Global Sales, for Praxair, Inc. in 2009, and became president of Praxair Electronics in 2010.
Roby earned a bachelor's degree from Villanova University and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware. She holds four patents for industrial gas applications.
Praxair, Inc. is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America, and one of the largest worldwide, with 2010 sales of $10 billion. The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases and high-performance surface coatings. Praxair products, services and technology bring productivity and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, electronics, energy, food and beverage, healthcare, manufacturing, metals and others. More information on Praxair is available on the Internet at www.praxair.com