Benoît Potier Life story
Benoît Potier is a French businessman who has been serving as CEO of the French multinational industrial gas company Air Liquide since 2006.
Benoît Potier (born 3 September 1957) is a French businessman who served as CEO of the French multinational industrial gas company Air Liquide between 2006 and 2022. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Air Liquide SA.
BPotier graduated with an engineer's degree from École Centrale Paris in 1979. Potier also attended the executive training program of the Wharton International Forum and the INSEAD Advanced Management program.
Benoît Potier joined Air Liquide in 1981 as a Research and Development engineer. After serving as a Project Manager in the Engineering and Construction Division, he was made Vice-President of Energy Development in the Large Industries business line. In 1993, he became Director of Strategy & Organization and, in 1994, was put in charge of the Chemicals, Metal & Steel, Oil and Energy Markets. He was made an Executive Vice-President of Air Liquide in 1995 with additional responsibilities over the Engineering & Construction Division and the Large Industries operations in Europe. Benoît Potier was appointed Senior Executive Vice-President in 1997. He was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2000 and became Chairman of the Management Board in November 2001. Benoît Potier served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Air Liquide from 2006 to 2022. He has been holding the office of Chairman of the Board of Directors of Air Liquide since June 1st, 2022.
Siemens, Member of the Supervisory Board (since 2018)
Ecole Centrale des Arts et Manufactures de Paris, Member of the Board
Association Nationale des Societes par Actions (ANSA), Member of the Board
Association Française des Entreprises Privées (AFEP), Member of the Board
Cercle de l’Industrie, Member of the Board
INSEAD, Member of the French Board
La Fabrique de l’Industrie, Member of the Board
European Roundtable of Industrialists (ERT), Vice-chairman
Potier has been awarded with France's Knight of the French Legion of honour “Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur” and with the distinction of “Officier de l’Ordre du Mérite” in 2006.
(in French) Category:French businesspeople