President, Europe and Africa
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Ivo Bols is president, Europe and Africa, at Air Products. He is responsible for driving the strategy and profitability of the company’s Industrial Gases business in these regions.
Mr. Bols joined Air Products in 1988 as a financial analyst and in 1990 became the European helium marketing manager. Mr. Bols moved to France in 1992 where he was named district general manager and then regional sales manager, Air Products France, South. In 1995 he was appointed business development manager, followed by European marketing manager, General Industries. In 1999 Mr. Bols moved to Germany as general manager, Merchant Gases Germany, and was appointed vice president, Northern Continent and Global Packaged Gases Center of Excellence, in 2003. In 2007 Mr. Bols was transferred to Singapore where he held the position of vice president and general manager, Merchant Gases–Asia. In 2011 he relocated to the U.S. where he was appointed vice president and general manager, Global Liquid Bulk, Generated Gases and Helium. Mr. Bols held the position of vice president and general manager, Merchant Gases–Europe, in 2012, prior to assuming his current position.
Mr. Bols holds a degree as a bio-engineer from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, as well as an MBA specializing in operations research, finance, and marketing.