Digital Transformation Community Thought Leader Interview - Serban Cantacuzene & Athanasios Kontopoulos, Air Liquide

Serban Cantacuzene, VP R&D Americas Zone at Air Liquide, and Athanasios Kontopoulos, Computational & Data Science Scientific Director, R&D, and International Fellow, Air Liquide
Digital Transformation Community Thought Leader Interview
Thursday April 15, 2021 12:00pm

Join IRI's Lee Green as she interviews Serban Cantacuzene, VP R&D Americas, and Athanasios (Thanos) Kontopoulos, Computational & Data Science Scientific Director, R&D, and International Fellow, of Air Liquide. They will cover that organization's multinational approach to digital transformation.

Serban Cantacuzene joined the Air Liquide Group in 1995 as a Researcher at the Innovation Campus Paris and managed several projects in Heat Treatment and Metallurgy. In 2000, he transitioned to a Marketing position at the Group’s Paris headquarters.

Between 2004 and 2011, he held several international operational roles in North America, based in Atlanta, Houston, and Montréal.

In 2011, Serban was appointed CEO of the Maghreb Cluster based in Tunisia, and in 2014, he became Executive Vice President and COO of Air Liquide Japan.

Since returning to R&D in 2018 as Vice President of the Americas, Serban has been responsible for managing the Zone’s strategy and activities. He is based at the Innovation Campus Delaware in Newark, Delaware.

Serban holds an INPG Engineering Degree in Material Science from the Grenoble Institute of Technology, a PhD in Plasma Physics from Paris Saclay/CEA, and a MBA from the Institut d’Administration des Entreprises (IAE) de Paris.

Athanasios holds the position of “Computational & Data Science Scientific Director and Global Lab Leader”. He is a Chemical Engineer with a PhD in Applied Sciences and Math. He is with Air Liquide since 1995. He found several ways to express his passion for simulation, applied math and data science both in R&D, where he is currently, and in Operations, where he spent more than 13 years.

He pioneered many smart manufacturing solutions for Air Liquide such as the development of predictive control and innovative real-time optimization systems. He presented the first roadmap of big data for Air Liquide and set up the first teams of data scientists within R&D, in 3 continents. He introduced artificial intelligence, through proofs of concept and alliances with innovative companies. He recently launched the “data and decision sciences lab” (d2-lab) initiative, a network of experts and practitioners, to reach scientific excellence in these areas.

Athanasios is an Air Liquide International Fellow.

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