Melissa Schaeffer is vice president, Finance—GEMTE, Americas, Middle East, and India. She is responsible for providing leadership and expert financial guidance to the executive vice president and chief operating officer in support of the Technology, Engineering, Project Execution, Procurement, Manufacturing, Construction and Start-up functions, as well as Equipment Sales and Plant Support, Liquefied Natural Gas technology and equipment, PRISM® Membrane Systems, Gardner Cryogenics and Rotoflow businesses.
Ms. Schaeffer joined Air Products in June 2016 as vice president, chief audit executive, where she was responsible for leading the company’s Audit team and for executing risk-based global internal audits, with quarterly reviews to the Audit Committee; executing proactive compliance monitoring activities; leading all internal investigations pertaining to potential fraud, regulatory or compliance-related infractions; and the Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) compliance program. Prior to joining Air Products, Ms. Schaeffer held the position of global director, Internal Audit, at Trinseo, a leading global materials company. Ms. Schaeffer was also employed for 10 years at Ernst & Young, where her responsibilities focused heavily on SOX, internal audit services, process transformation, supply chain, and fraud investigation. Prior to Ernst & Young, she was employed by Siemens, where she participated in a finance leadership development program.
Ms. Schaeffer holds a degree in Finance and Accounting from Indiana University and an Executive MBA from Villanova University. She is a Certified Internal Auditor and Fraud Examiner.