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Seifi Ghasemi, Chairman, President & CEO of Air Products is one of the seven industry leaders featured in Gastech Insights’ Diversity & Inclusion in Energy eBook aimed at those looking to enter and progress within the energy sector. Gastech 2019 includes a Diversity and Inclusion programme, recognizing that the face of the energy industry is changing – for the better.
Advice from Seifi Ghasemi
If you want to be on the cutting edge of technology advances for the world, there are so many exciting careers to be had in the energy sector. My advice—and this has held true for me throughout my career—is to be excruciatingly honest with yourself about what you really want to do and then, go after it. Hard work, diligence and discipline will take you the rest of the way.
Five years ago, Air Products set a goal to be the safest and most profitable industrial gas company in the world, providing excellent service to our customers. I am very proud of our 16,000 employees in over 50 countries who have achieved that goal and who are working hard every day to maintain our leading position.
Importantly, we expanded our goal to also be the most diverse and inclusive industrial gas company. That is because the only sustainable element of long-term competitive advantage is the degree of commitment and motivation of the people in the company. You cannot have a foundation for motivation and commitment unless you create an environment where people are excited about what they are doing, feel they are part of the organisation, and are appreciated for what they think and contribute. In other words, you need an inclusive culture where everyone is empowered to realise his or her true potential.
Air Products is proud to produce and supply so many industrial gas products and technologies that improve the environment, help address world energy needs, and make people’s lives better. It is hard to imagine a more exciting time to be in our industry and to be part of the innovative process that is helping to solve the world’s energy and environmental challenges.
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