Sean Major '86 Named Exec. VP & General Counsel at Air Products
April 18, 2017
Sean D. Major, a 1986 graduate of DePauw University, has been appointed executive vice president and general counsel at Air Products (NYSE: APD). Major, who will join the industrial gases company on May 1, "comes to Air Products with 28 years of international legal management, commercial and transactional, and compliance and regulatory experience," notes this morning's announcement.
Since 2007, Major has been executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of Joy Global (Nasdaq: JOYG).
"Sean is a superb addition to Air Products' executive leadership team, bringing deep expertise leading a full range of legal aspects," says Seifi Ghasemi, chairman, president and CEO of Air Products. "In addition, Sean's business savvy and international transactional experience in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and the Middle East will be great assets to Air Products as we continue to pursue our opportunities around the world."
The company adds, "Prior to Joy Global, Major served for nine years in roles of increasing legal responsibility with Johnson Controls, Inc., including as general counsel-Asia, and as vice president and general counsel-international. He began his in-house career with Abbott Laboratories as counsel-international after working for seven years in private practice with law firms in Chicago and Tokyo."
An economics major at DePauw, Major holds a J.D. from Indiana University School of Law and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
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