Experienced Leaders Maione, Moreira to Helm CGA Board of Directors
Two industry veterans with a passion for giving back will lead the Compressed Gas Association Board of Directors in 2023. Francesco Maione of Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. will serve as Board Chair, while Nelson Moreira of Linde Gas & Equipment Inc. will serve as Vice Chair.
“Being Chair of CGA is an honor and privilege,” Maione said. “I look forward to using the wealth of knowledge and experience in service to the industry.”
Maione and Moreira both cited several strategic areas of focus for CGA in the coming year: safety, drawing younger people into the industry, and capitalizing on the potential of hydrogen as a growth opportunity.
“Everybody is talking about hydrogen and the critical role it can play globally,” Maione said. “We want to position CGA as the body that drives the standards to ensure there is a safety in handling the gas.”
With such difficult topics on the horizon, Moreira believes CGA will benefit from greater participation from its members, as well as drawing in new participants. “Problems are too complex for one person, one department, one company to handle. The hydrogen economy is a good example. People are well intentioned, and you have all these technologies vying for attention. CGA’s role is to ensure that things are done properly. We have to pace the industry, make sure that we’re not taking shortcuts and putting people at risk.”
Both leaders are excited about mentoring young professionals.
“I always feel a duty of using my experience and coaching and developing younger talent,” Moreira said. “I want to make sure the industry grows, but I want to make sure I pass my knowledge to new talent in our industry. I see it as an extension of my role.”
Moreira sees himself as a “cheerleader” for CGA, particularly since he has learned what he missed by not participating. “For most of my career, I wasn’t involved in CGA and I look back and regret it,” he said. “It could have helped not only in my career, but it also made me less centered in my own company. Giving back to the industry that has taken care of me is important.”
Maione started out in finance and economics, working in London when an opportunity in a utility company arose. “I didn’t know the extent of where gases were in our industry. I was fascinated by the use of gases. In 24 years, working in this industry has given me the opportunity to touch every single region and every business. I’ve grown so fond of the industry and my company.”
Moreira, a chemical engineer by training, has had an equally diverse career over the last 36 years. “There’s always something for me to learn, to take on. I have had 16 different roles in 36 years. I’ve done everything but finance: sales, marketing, operations, engineering, project management. Every time I thought about leaving, I was fortunate that something new came my way.”
The industry will continue to change and grow, and both are committed to ensuring that CGA has a leadership role. “We need to be the voice of the industry, with regards to the government, to the public bodies, to other associations,” Maione said. “During the pandemic, that was done very effectively. We want to ensure that the association continues to play that role.”
2022 CGA Board of Directors Chair
Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.
Nelson C. Moreira
2022 CGA Board of Directors Vice Chair
Vice President, Operations, Safety, and Quality
Linde Gas & Equipment
Francesco Maione is President, Americas at Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. He is responsible for the growth and profitability of the company’s Atmospheric Gases and HyCO product lines, as well as operations, across North and South America. He joined Air Products in the U.K. in 1998 as a financial analyst. Since then, he has held roles in the company’s key businesses, including Merchant Gases, Electronics, Tonnage Gases, and Healthcare, and in key geographies, including Asia, Europe, and the U.S. Before Air Products, he worked for such companies as Kuwait Petroleum in Italy and Vivendi in London. Francesco holds a degree in business and economics from the University of Rome and an MBA from the LUISS University (Rome).
Nelson Moreira is Vice President, Operations, Safety & Quality at Linde Gas & Equipment Inc (LGE). He is responsible for leading the strategic direction of LGE operations, including safety, health and environmental services, quality, production, distribution, asset management, project management, and sustainability. Moreira joined the Linde Division of Union Carbide in 1986 as a plant engineer in Newark, New Jersey and held progressively more responsible positions in both packaged and bulk gases operations, purchasing, sales and marketing, product management and e-business/customer care capabilities. He joined LGE (known as Praxair Distribution Inc. at the time) in 2000 as director of production & engineering for all industrial, medical and specialty gas operations. Subsequently, Moreira served as Director of Distribution, and then as the General Manager for the Ontario division. In 2008 he was named Chief Operating Officer of the GTS-Welco joint venture. In 2014 he was named as Director, Product Management for LGE. Moreira holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, New Jersey.
Founded in 1913, the Compressed Gas Association 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 130 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. The Association also works with other industrial gas associations around the world to harmonize standards to advance safety in the industrial gas industry.
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