Air Products, an industrial gases company, has appointed Sean Major as executive vice president and general counsel, effective May 1. He will report to Chairman, President and CEO Seifi Ghasemi.

Major assumes the general counsel responsibilities from Mary Afflerbach, who is vice president, corporate secretary and chief governance officer. Afflerbach has been serving as the company's general counsel on an interim basis.

Major comes to Air Products with 28 years of international legal management, commercial and transactional, and compliance and regulatory experience. He joins Air Products from Joy Global, where he served as executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary since 2007.

Prior to Joy Global, Major served for nine years in roles of increasing legal responsibility with Johnson Controls, Inc., including as general counsel—Asia, and as vice president and general counsel—International. He began his in-house career with Abbott Laboratories as counsel—International after working for seven years in private practice with law firms in Chicago and Tokyo.