People: Praxair Inc (PX.N)
Mr. Mark D. Nielsen is Associate General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer of Praxair Inc. He leads Praxair’s global ethics and compliance program, oversees corporate governance and SEC reporting and has responsibility for the Government Relations group. Nielsen joined Praxair from Raytheon where he was a vice president and assistant general counsel for two years, with responsibility for corporate governance and SEC reporting. Before that, he served as chief legal counsel and chief of staff to Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, where he was responsible for a wide range of legal policy and regulatory issues and for providing counsel and advice to the Governor and members of his senior staff. From 1993 to 1999, Nielsen served three two-year terms as an elected member of the Connecticut Legislature. Nielsen began his career in 1990 as a litigation associate with the Hartford law firm of Murtha, Cullina, Richter and Pinney. Nielsen earned a bachelor of arts degree in government from Harvard College and a law degree from Harvard Law School.
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