Anne K. Roby
Anne K. Roby
Dr. Anne K. Roby was named senior vice president in 2014, responsible for Global Supply Systems, R&D, Global Operations Excellence, Global Procurement, Global Strategic Sales, Sustainability, and Safety, Health and Environment. She also leads the Praxair Surface Technologies, Electronic Materials and Helium businesses.
Roby joined Praxair in 1991 as a development associate in the company's R&D organization. She became global marketing manager for chemicals and refining in 1996 and moved to Houston in 1999 to become a pipeline sales and business manager in the North American Industrial Gases business unit. She was named area director in 2004, responsible for commercial activities related to both pipeline and merchant atmospheric products and CO2. In 2006, she became vice president of the U.S. South Region, responsible for Praxair’s atmospherics, CO2 and HyCO business in a seven-state area that includes many of Praxair’s major chemicals and refining customers. She was appointed vice president, global sales, for Praxair, Inc. in 2009. In 2010, Roby became President of Praxair Electronics, with global responsibility for products, services and technologies supplied to the semiconductor, flat panel display, LED and solar industries. In 2011, Roby became president of Praxair Asia, responsible for Praxair’s industrial gases business in China, India, South Korea and Thailand as well as the electronics market globally.
Roby currently serves on the College of Engineering Advisory Board for Villanova University, providing the Dean significant guidance on key issues including the College’s strategic plan, trends in the engineering profession and assistance in the development of networks and partnerships. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Western Connecticut Hospital Network. Roby earned a bachelor's degree from Villanova University and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware. She holds four patents for industrial gas applications.
Praxair, Inc. is a leading industrial gas company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide. With market capitalization of approximately $40 billion and 2017 sales of $11 billion, the company employs over 26,000 people globally and has been named to the Dow Jones® World Sustainability Index for 16 consecutive years. Praxair produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Our 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.