Benoît Potier, Chairman and CEO
Interview with Benoît Potier, Chairman and CEO
100 years of development, innovations and success, 100 years of growth
2013 is a very important landmark for air liquide, because the Group celebrates 100 years as a listed company on the Paris Stock Exchange. That is 100 years of development, innovations and success, and 100 years of growth, thanks to everyone who has ever invested in Air Liquide stock throughout its history and has made this exceptional journey possible. The small company that started in a bus depot in Paris has become a global Group. Your commitment and loyalty have been, and will remain, the cornerstone of the Group’s development over the long term.
In 2012, we delivered a solid performance, notably thanks to our initiatives in the fast-growing markets. Accordingly, at the Shareholders’ Meeting on May 7, the Board of Directors will propose a dividend of €2.50 per share, which represents an increase of 10.3% considering the grant of one free share for every 10 held in 2012. Air Liquide maintains its policy of providing total and steady shareholder returns.
In 2013, the group will pursue its growth strategy built on competitiveness and innovation supported by a sustained investment program and efficiencies for which the objective has increased. I am therefore confident in the Group’s ability to deliver another year of growth.
Lastly, as part of increasing the group’s attractiveness, which is another key element of competitiveness, we wanted to make interactions more informative and - through its digital version - more interactive. This new format gives you the opportunity to find out more about our geographical presence, our markets and our innovative technologies.
Thank you for your continued confidence; i hope you enjoy this new issue of interactions !