Vanessa Abrahams-John was named executive director of Global Diversity and Inclusion for Praxair, Inc. in 2012. She leads the development and execution of global strategies to enhance and leverage diversity and foster an inclusive culture that drives innovation and business success. Additionally, she is responsible for Talent Acquisition to promote best-in-class diversity and inclusion practices throughout global recruitment and hiring processes.
Abrahams-John joined Praxair in 2007 as senior legal counsel. Prior to that, she practiced corporate law in New York City and Delaware, and served as an adjunct professor at Pace University.
Abrahams-John earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Western Ontario, Canada and a law degree from Howard University School of Law, Washington D.C. She is a director on the boards of the Bronx Bethany Community Corporation and AMBYESE, and serves on the Executive Leadership Council and the New York City Bar Committee on Diversity & Inclusion. In 2014, Abrahams-John was recognized as Diversity & Inclusion Leader of the Year by the Southern Connecticut Chapter of SHRM. In 2017, she was named Top 25 Black Women by the Network Journal.
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.