Seifi Ghasemi became chairman, president and CEO of Air Products in July 2014. In this role, he is focused on setting the strategy and policies of the company, developing leadership, and meeting shareholder commitments.
Mr. Ghasemi is a member of The Business Council, an association of chief executive officers of the world’s most important business enterprises. In 2019 he was elected to the US-China Business Council’s Board of Directors. Mr. Ghasemi received the 2017 biennial International Palladium Medal from the Société de Chimie Industrielle for distinguished chemical industry contributions.
Prior to Air Products, Mr. Ghasemi was chairman and CEO of Rockwood Holdings (2001-2014), a global leader in inorganic specialty chemicals and advanced materials acquired by Albemarle Corporation in 2015. He held leadership roles at GKN (1997-2001), a global industrial company, as director of the Main Board of GKN, plc, and chairman and CEO of GKN Sinter Metals, Inc. and Hoeganes Corporation. Mr. Ghasemi also spent nearly 20 years with The BOC Group (an industrial gas company now part of Linde AG) as director of the Main Board of BOC Group, plc; president of BOC Gases Americas; and chairman and CEO of BOC Process Plants, Ltd. and Cryostar.
Mr. Ghasemi earned his undergraduate degree from Abadan Institute of Technology and an M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science from Lafayette College (2017) and an honorary Doctor of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology (2018).