Pierre Dufour joined ADM’s board of directors in May 2010 and serves on the board’s audit and compensation/succession committees.
Dufour is senior executive vice president of Paris-based Air Liquide Group, the world leader in gases for industry, health care and environmental applications. He also serves as president and chief executive officer of American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc., the company’s U.S. operating arm.
In these roles, he oversees Air Liquide’s operations in the Americas, Africa and the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region. He is also responsible for industrial world business lines, and for engineering and construction.
Dufour joined Air Liquide Group in 1997 as the company’s vice president of worldwide engineering. The following year, he was appointed group industrial director, a position that saw him managing all technical operations for the global company. He has been a member of Air Liquide Group’s executive committee since the year 2000.
Prior to joining Air Liquide Group, Dufour was executive vice president of SNC-LAVALIN, Inc., a Montreal-based engineering contractor. He began his career with SNC-LAVALIN in 1976.
Dufour holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the École Polytechnique Montréal, a master’s degree in civil engineering from Stanford University, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Montreal.