Former President and Chief Operating Officer of Airgas, Inc.
Glenn Fischer was an Operating Partner at AEA from 2005 to 2013, where he focused on evaluating potential acquisitions, and working with portfolio companies to drive growth, improve operational performance and maximize overall value creation. Mr. Fischer served on the board of directors of eight AEA companies, and stepped in to serve as the interim Chief Executive Officer for four different portfolio companies, for periods ranging from six months to one year.
Before joining AEA, Mr. Fischer was President and Chief Operating Officer of Airgas, Inc. from 2000 to 2005. Airgas is the largest U.S. distributor of industrial, medical and specialty gases, welding equipment and related products, with over 1000 locations and revenues in excess of $5 billion. Prior to joining Airgas, Mr. Fischer spent 19 years with The BOC Group (Linde Industrial Gases) in a wide range of general management positions leading up to his appointment as President of BOC Gases, North America. In addition to his responsibility for the overall North American business, Mr. Fischer served on The BOC Group Global Executive Management board, and led the business development of one of BOC’s key global market sectors. Prior to joining BOC in 1981, Mr. Fischer worked at W.R. Grace in a variety of finance, planning and management roles. He also served on the Board and Executive Committee of the Compressed Gas Association (CGA) for several years, and was Chairman of the Association in 2004.
Mr. Fischer received an M.B.A. in Finance and a B.S. in Business from Long Island University.