CGAConnect Webinar (hosted by the Young & Emerging Professionals Committee):

Leadership Forum: Who’s Next in Line?

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

11:00AM-12:30PM Eastern

(part of the CGAConnect 2021 family of online events)

Open and FREE to all CGA Members & qualifying GAWDA members



  • Victoria Brifo – Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Air Products
  • Ryan Craven – Vice President and General Manager, General Air Service & Supply
  • John Finn – Vice President of Finance and Operations, FIBA Technologies
  • Nelson Moreira – Vice President, Operations & Safety, Linde Gas & Equipment

June 4, 2021

Brain drain. Knowledge loss. Skills shortage.

These are a few recent headlines describing the challenges facing industries as we prepare for the labor force effects of retiring baby boomers. Compressed Gas Association (CGA) data shows that more than 50% of our voting committee members will be eligible to retire within the next 3 years – and we need to take action now to ensure that high value legacy knowledge is preserved for future generations.

Join industry leaders for an interactive forum exploring best practices for succession planning and knowledge transfer, what’s working (and what’s not) for knowledge sharing, and practical examples of employee engagement that can work for organizations of any size.

This event is open to CGA members, as well as GAWDA (Gases & Welding Distributors Association) members participating in the publication subscription program. There is no charge for this forum.

About Our Panelists

Victoria Brifo, Air Products

Victoria Brifo is Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Air Products. She is responsible for leading all aspects of the company’s Human Resources organization, including HR Operations, Diversity and Inclusion, Talent Management, and Compensation and Benefits.

Victoria joined Air Products in 2001 as a site leader, and progressed through a series of plant leadership positions before becoming Air Products’ Global Diversity director in 2005. She holds degrees in chemical engineering and political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ryan Craven, General Air Service & Supply

Ryan Craven is the Vice President and General Manager at General Air Service & Supply. He works with the organization’s leaders, managers, and associates to provide strategic direction, development, and technological improvements. He has worked with organizational leaders to provide strategic direction and improve operational excellence within Retail Operations, Human Resources, Safety, and IT.

Ryan holds a BS in Recreational Management from the University of Northern Colorado, a MA in Administration and Leadership from The University of Denver, and a Doctorate in Education from Jones University.

John Finn, FIBA Technologies

John Finn is the Vice President of Operations and Finance at FIBA Technologies, where he is responsible for managing manufacturing operations, human resources, procurement, and overseas growth initiatives. John joined FIBA in 2009 and is a 3rd generation member of the Finn family. John has led the formation of the company’s facility in Taiwan and played key roles in many other strategic acquisitions both domestically and abroad.

Prior to joining FIBA, John worked in Finance. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University and is actively pursuing his Masters in Finance at the Harvard Extension School.

Nelson Moreira, Linde Gas & Equipment

Nelson Moreira is Vice President of Operations & Safety at Linde Gas & Equipment (previously Praxair Distribution, Inc.) Since 1986, he has served in a wide range of positions at Praxair and now Linde, including Plant Superintendent, Specialty Gas plant; Business Director, NA Helium Sales & Marketing; Global Director, Customer Care, E-Business; and VP, Operations North America.

He has also served on the CGA Executive Committee and Board of Directors since 2019. Nelson holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.