Now that Aldo Belloni has taken up his new position as chief executive, Linde is back where it was years ago: Linde is Wolfgang Reitzle.
Just as he was the indisputable and unassailable strongman during his time as chief executive at the industrial gases giant, he has now renewed that role as chairman of the supervisory board. With the sudden departure of chief executive Wolfgang Büchele, who once dared to hint that not everything worked wonderfully under Mr. Rietzle, the management board is now innocuous and loyal.
Like the other members of the board, Mr. Belloni is an excellent professional who worked effectively with Mr. Reitzle for many years at Linde. But his reactivation from retirement is the next act in a theater piece that would have to be entitled “Chaotic Days at Linde.”