John M. Panikar

John M. Panikar

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John M. Panikar

President, Praxair Asia

John Panikar was appointed president of Praxair Asia in 2014, responsible for the growth and profitability of Praxair’s industrial gases business in China, India, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.

Panikar joined Praxair in 1991 and held a variety of assignments in operations and project management in Praxair's electronics business before being appointed Asia business manager for electronics in 1999.  He was named director of business development for Praxair Asia in 2002, with additional responsibility for managing the helium, specialty gases, medical gases and carbon dioxide growth markets for Praxair India.  He became managing director of Praxair India in 2004.  In 2008, he transferred back to the U.S. as vice president, product management and analysis, for Praxair’s North American Industrial Gases business unit and was appointed vice president of the U.S. South Region in 2009.  Panikar was appointed president of Praxair Distribution, Inc. in 2010.  He was responsible for the growth, profitability and return on capital of Praxair’s packaged-gases business in the U.S. 

A native of Mumbai, India, Panikar holds a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Rochester. He completed the Advanced Management program at Harvard Business School in 2010.

Praxair, Inc., a Fortune 300 company with 2015 sales of $11 billion, is a leading industrial gas company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide. The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Praxair products, services and technologies are making our planet more productive by bringing efficiency and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, primary metals and many others.