Jay Worley to Helm CGA Board of Directors

Jay Worley, Chief Operating Officer at Airgas, an Air Liquide Company, has been elected Chair of the Compressed Gas Association’s Board of Directors. The previous Chair, Nelson Moreira, handed off the leadership role to Jay Worley at CGA’s 111th Annual Meeting, CGA24. Moreira stated, “It has been an honor to serve as the Chair of CGA. I am proud of the progress we have made over the past year, and I am confident that the organization will continue to thrive under Jay’s leadership.”

“I am excited to take on this new role and work with the Board to continue moving CGA forward,” said Worley, who has served on the Board since 2021. “I am grateful to Nelson for his leadership and guidance, and I look forward to building on the foundation he has laid, especially when it comes to our work in hydrogen and growing our young leaders.”

As Chair, Worley will oversee the operation of CGA’s Board of Directors alongside its Executive committee. During his term, he will prioritize the expansion of CGA’s influence, ensuring that the association maintains a strong position as a leading technical authority. Worley noted the critical importance of continuing to develop and improve safety standards in order to protect human life. Additionally, he will continue efforts to engage young and emerging professionals into CGA in order to expand the perspectives represented on committees and ensure a pipeline of subject matter experts to support future work.

Jay Worley is a member of the Airgas Senior Leadership team and was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Airgas in October 2021, leading all sales, operational, organizational, and financial aspects of Airgas, including Airgas’ distribution business units. In his previous role as President – West Division, Jay led all financial and operational functions and strategies that drove growth in the Airgas West Division. In 2020, Jay became an executive sponsor of the Airgas Diversity and Inclusion Council. Having worked in the industry for more than three decades, Worley has a wealth of experience in the industry and is known for his ability to bring people together to achieve common goals.

“CGA is a leading organization in standards writing, education, and training for the compressed gas industry, and the Board plays a crucial role in guiding its direction and ensuring its success. With the leadership of Jay Worley and the continued support of Nelson Moreira, CGA is poised for a bright future,” said CGA President and CEO, Rich Gottwald.

Worley will be joined by Eric Rottier who will take up the Vice Chair role. Rottier is CEO at Taylor-Wharton Cryogenics and TOMCO2 Systems, and COO of Air Water America, Inc.

CGA’s 2024 – 2025 Board of Directors

Board Chair: Jay Worley, American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc.

Vice Chair: Eric M. Rottier, Air Water America, Inc.

Immediate Past Chair: Nelson C. Moreira, Linde PLC

President & Treasurer: Rich Gottwald, CGA

Secretary: Laura Brumsey, CGA


Acme Cryogenics Inc. David Fritz

Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. Francesco Maione

Butler Gas Products Abydee Butler Moore

Carbide Industries LLC Brent McWhorter

Chart Industries, Inc. Joe Brinkman

EspriGas Michael D. Walsh

FIBA Technologies Inc. Jack F. Finn

Harris Products Group Kimberly Elliott

Luxfer Gas Cylinders USA Robert DuPuis

Matheson Kelvin Dixon

Messer North America, Inc. Chris Ebeling

Norris Cylinder Co. Greg Manfredi

Roberts Oxygen Company, Inc. Bob Roberts

Weldcoa Hector Villarreal

Weldship Corporation Robert Arcieri

Western Sales and Testing of Amarillo, Inc.  Steve Aderholt

Worthington Cylinder Corp. Eric Reed


About CGA

Founded in 1913, the Compressed Gas Association (CGA) is dedicated to the development and promotion of safety standards and safe practices in the industrial, medical, and food gases industry. CGA represents more than 140 member companies including manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and transporters of gases, cryogenic liquids, and related products and services.

Through a committee system, CGA develops technical specifications, safety standards, and training and educational materials, and works with government agencies to formulate and promote compliance with responsible regulations and standards.