Bruch and Eulitz will succeed Professor Dr Aldo Belloni, who will step down from the Linde AG Executive Board and retire when his contract runs out on 31 December 2014. Belloni has worked in leading roles in Linde AG since 1980 and has been a member of the Executive Board since 2000. In recent years he has been responsible for the Engineering Division and also for the EMEA segment (Europe, Middle East, Africa) and the tonnage (on-site) Global Business Unit of the Gases Division.

"For more than three decades, Aldo Belloni has given exceptional service to The Linde Group and has made a significant contribution to the successful performance of the company," said

Dr Manfred Schneider, chairman of the Linde AG Supervisory Board. "We would like to thank him for his great achievements and tireless commitment to Linde."

New responsibilities

Christian Bruch will assume Belloni's responsibility on the Linde AG Executive Board for the Group's Engineering Division. Bruch, who holds a doctorate in engineering, has worked in management roles in Linde's Gases and Engineering Divisions since 2004. His most recent position was on the Management Board of Linde Engineering.

Bernd Eulitz will be the Executive Board member responsible for the EMEA segment of the Group's gases business. Since he joined the company in 2004, Eulitz, a graduate engineer, has assumed various management functions in the Gases Division. Recently, he has been based in Singapore and has been responsible for the South & East Asia Regional Business Unit.