Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. announced Friday the election of Ursula F. Fairbairn, executive vice president of human resources and quality for the American Express Company, to its board of directors.
Commenting on the board’s action, Air Products Chairman H. A. Wagner said, “Mrs. Fairbairn brings valuable and unique insight to our board, given her years of experience as a human resources and marketing executive.”
Mrs. Fairbairn, 55, joined the American Express Company in 1996 where she is responsible for compensation, benefits, diversity, employee development, employee relations, organizational and succession planning, quality and health services worldwide. She also is a member of the American Express Planning and Policy Committee.
Mrs. Fairbairn is a member of the Business Roundtable’s Employee Relations Executive Committee, and serves on the board of VF Corporation.
Prior to joining American Express, Mrs. Fairbairn was senior vice president of human resources at Union Pacific Corporation. She also held several key marketing, personnel resources, and education and management development positions at IBM. Between 1973 and 1974, Mrs. Fairbairn was a White House Fellow, serving as executive assistant to the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. is an international supplier of industrial gases and related equipment, and selected chemicals. The company has annual sales approaching $5 billion, operations in over 30 countries and more than 16,000 employees. Corporate headquarters are in eastern Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, near Allentown.