Air Liquide’s Michael J. Graff will Present Keynote Address at 2023 AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety, March 12–16, in Houston

February 22, 2023
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NEW YORK, NY — Michael J. Graff, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc., and Executive Vice President and Executive Committee Member of Air Liquide Group, has been selected by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) to present the AIChE Government and Industry Leaders (AGILE) Keynote Address at the 2023 AIChE Spring Meeting and 19th Global Congress on Process Safety. The conference is set to take place in Houston, Texas, March 12–16. 

In his talk on March 13, Graff will set the stage for the conference as he discusses how the chemical engineering profession is inventing the future. After the lecture, he will receive AIChE’s Government and Industry Leaders (AGILE) Award, which recognizes the contributions of innovative executives from organizations that employ chemical engineers.

Michael J. Graff has more than 35 years of global experience in the industrial gases, energy, refining, chemicals, and polymers industries. He began his career with Amoco and BP, and went on to serve as president or chief executive officer of several global chemical and polymer businesses. 

Graff, who also serves as chairman of the board of Airgas, joined Air Liquide in 2007, and today leads the business operations for the Americas region of Air Liquide Group. He is also the global chairman of the Group’s electronics business line and supervises the Group's engineering and construction activities.

Among his leadership roles, Graff serves on the board of directors of Westlake Chemical Corporation and as a Board Officer of the American Chemistry Council. He is also a member of the Investment Advisory Council for the U.S. Department of Commerce, a principal of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s American Energy Innovation Council, and a member of the National Petroleum Council. 

Graff earned his bachelor’s degree at the Illinois Institute of Technology and a master’s degree from Purdue University — both in chemical engineering. He has been recognized by both universities for his professional achievements and as a distinguished alumnus. He has also completed advanced studies at the University of Chicago, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Cambridge, and the Stanford University Law School.

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