Prior to joining Air Products, Mr. Harant was employed by Ecolab-Nalco, where he most recently served as vice president and general manager for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and CIS. Based in Moscow, he significantly increased the Ecolab-Nalco footprint in Central Europe and Russia through direct investments, channel to market development, and production joint ventures. Before joining Ecolab-Nalco in 2009, Mr. Harant managed Air Products’ Merchant Gases business in the Czech Republic and Slovak. He was a driving force in starting-up the company’s business in Russia.
Mr. Harant holds a mechanical engineering degree from the State Technical University of Prague. He was a board member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia for several years. Since 2016, Mr. Harant has been a member of The Strategic Council for Investments in New Industries under the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation.