Undated (AP) _ Praxair, Inc. said Tuesday it will consolidate its Canadian, U.S. and Mexican businesses into three North American business groups.

Thomas H. Cable Jr., currently vice president for Praxair Europe, will become vice president of the new North American merchant gases group.

Jose R. Rivero, vice president for packaged and specialty gases, will become vice president for the new packaged gases group, and president of Praxair Canada.

Cris E. Campos, vice president for operations, engineering and on-site products, will become vice president for the new on-site gases group.

In a related move, Michael E. DeDomenico, currently president of Praxair Canada, will become president of Praxair Europe, succeeding Cable.

Praxair, Inc., headquartered in Danbury, Conn., was formerly Union Carbide Industrial Gases Inc.

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