Eduardo Menezes was appointed executive vice president in 2012, responsible for Praxair Europe, Praxair Mexico, Praxair South America and Praxair Asia. He also leads Praxair’s Canada, United States Industrial Gases and Praxair Distribution Inc., businesses.
Menezes joined the company in 1986 as an equipment engineer at S.A. White Martins, a Praxair subsidiary based in Brazil. After holding positions in the on-site business group, he was named marketing manager for process gases systems in 1991. Two years later, he was promoted to national marketing and sales manager for the chemical and refining industries. In 1995, Menezes joined Praxair’s Global Supply Systems organization in Tonawanda, New York, as worldwide business manager for gasification and plant sales. In 1998, he was appointed president, Praxair Puerto Rico, and in 2000 he became the U.S. West Region vice president of North American Industrial Gases. In 2003, Menezes was named vice president and general manager, U.S., for Praxair Distribution, Inc., Praxair’s cylinder gases subsidiary. He became managing director of Praxair Mexico in 2004 and president of Praxair Europe in 2007.
From 2010 to 2012 Menezes led Praxair’s U.S. Industrial Gases business and was named senior vice president in 2011. During his tenure with Praxair, Menezes has led numerous global businesses, including the industrial and packaged gases businesses across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
Menezes earned a chemical engineering degree from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and a master’s degree in business administration from the State University of New York.
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