Stand Up and Be Heard!

Stephen F. Angel, chairman, president and CEO of Praxair Inc., spoke to students receiving graduate and doctoral degrees on May 20, 2011.

Angel joined Praxair in 2001 as executive vice president overseeing the company’s businesses in North America, Europe and Asia, as well as its health care division. He was named president and chief operating officer in 2006 and became chairman in 2007.

Prior to joining Praxair, Angel worked for General Electric, beginning in 1979. After several promotions, he became general manager of GE’s power equipment business, directing eight business units and six joint ventures in four countries.

Angel is a director on several boards, including PPG Industries, the U.S.-China Business Council and the American Chemistry Council. He also is a member of the Business Roundtable and the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum.

A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., Angel holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from North Carolina State University and an M.B.A. from Loyola University in Baltimore, Md.

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WCSU President James W. Schmotter presents Praxair Inc. Chairman, President and CEO Stephen F. Angel with an honorary degree.

Students receiving their master's or doctoral degrees at the 2011 Graduate Commencement Ceremony listen attentively to Angel's Commencement Address.