Luiz Oliveira was named vice president, Global Procurement and Materials Management in 2017. He is responsible for creating strategic supplier relationships worldwide in order to continuously improve the quality of equipment and services delivered to Praxair while reducing total costs.
Oliveira joined White Martins, a Praxair subsidiary based in Brazil, in 1985 and has successfully managed businesses in both Brazil and the U.S. He has also run functional areas such as supply chain management and global operations excellence. In 2011, Oliveira was named vice president of the Central Region for Praxair Distribution Inc. Most recently, he served as vice president of Global Business Solutions for ITS.
Oliveira holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in business administration from Coppead/Federal University in Rio de Janeiro, and completed executive education at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
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.