Martha Heitzmann appointed Vice President of Research & Development

November 27, 2007

Martha Heitzmann has been appointed Vice-President Research & Development of the Air Liquide Group. She succeeds to François Jackow, who took over the management of Air Liquide Japan and Japan Air Gases.

Having held various environmental management positions with the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, she has been, from 1999 to 2007, Principal Administrator, Performance and Environmental Information Division at the OECD. In this position at the OECD, Martha Heitzmann acquired an in-depth understanding of how industrialized countries are working to integrate sustainable development objectives into various sectors such as energy, industry, transport and agriculture.

Her experience gives Air Liquide Group a strategic vision of the trends of economic incentives and the regulations in these important markets.

Born in 1967, Martha Heitzmann holds a bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Natural Resource Management from the University of Arizona, masters and doctorate degrees in Environmental Engineering from Harvard and an MBA from the Collège des Ingénieurs. She has dual French and American nationality.

Air Liquide’s Research & Development

With 850 employees of 25 different nationalities, in 7 main R&D centers in Europe, in the USA and in Asia, Research & Development is organized as a network to develop high-level expertise. Teams develop the products and services of tomorrow, focusing on three axes of innovation: healthier life, communicating world, sustainable environment.

Through an ambitious Intellectual Property program, it files half of the Group’s patents each year.

It is supported by 120 industrial partnerships and more than a hundred cooperation programs with universities and research centers.