John E. McGlade was chairman, president, and chief executive officer of the company from 2008 to 2014. He joined Air Products in 1976 and held various positions of increasing responsibility, including general manager of the Chemicals and Process Industries Division; vice president of the Chemicals and Process Industries Division; vice president and general manager, Chemicals and Process Industries and Energy Systems; vice president and general manager, Performance Materials Division; vice president, Chemicals Group business divisions; and group vice president, Chemicals Group, in which he had global responsibility for the Group, as well as the company’s industrial gas and chemicals manufacturing organization, and Environment, Health, Safety and Quality. He was appointed president and chief operating officer in 2006 and retained the title of president when he was named as chairman and CEO two years later.
Mr. McGlade serves on the board of directors of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and on the executive committee of the Council on Competitiveness. He is a former trustee of Lehigh University, a present trustee of The Rider-Pool Foundation, and a member of the SteelStacks Foundation. Mr. McGlade earned a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Lehigh University.
Mr. McGlade provided strong leadership, extensive management, international, and operating experience, and a deep understanding of the industrial gas and specialty chemicals business. During his 38 years at Air Products, he developed extensive knowledge of the company, its customers, investors, challenges and strengths, and strong relationships with the company’s customers, suppliers, and investors. He provided candid insights into the company’s industry, operations, management team, and strategic strengths and weaknesses.
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