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Air Products Announces Managing Director Succession Plan

Charles Dos Santos, Air Products Announces Managing Director Succession Plan
Charles Dos Santos

The Board of Air Products South Africa (Pty) Ltd is pleased to announce that effective 1st February 2024 Charles Dos Santos will succeed Rob Richardson as Managing Director of the company. Rob has led the company since 2016 but has announced his intention to retire at the end of March 2024, which will allow for a smooth leadership transition. 


Charles joined Air Products in 1994 and has served the company in various senior management positions. Since 2016 he has held the position of General Manager On-sites. In this role Charles has successfully led Air Products’ largest business division which comprises the ASU, Hydrogen and CO2 production operations. This division supplies tonnage gases by pipeline to major industrial consumers and also supplies liquefied gases into Air Products’ downstream Bulk and Packaged Gases businesses. Prior to 2016, Charles held the position of Sales Manager On-sites, where he was instrumental in the development of various key projects and strategic initiatives, resulting in the company’s successful growth in the Platinum Group Metals (PGM) and Petrochemical Sectors.


Charles has a B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand and a B.Com degree from the University of South Africa. With his deep knowledge of the industry and the local market we are confident that Air Products South Africa will continue to flourish under Charles’ leadership.

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