(Corrects second paragraph to remove reference to Belloni being
a member of the executive board)
FRANKFURT Dec 7 German industrial gases group
Linde on Wednesday said it would resume talks about a
potential merger of equals with Praxair after the U.S.
rival made changes to its initial deal proposal.
Linde also said after a meeting of its supervisory board on
Wednesday that its Chief Executive Wolfgang Buechele will step
down and will be replaced by Aldo Ernesto Belloni, effective
The failure of initial merger talks in September already led
to changes at the top at Linde, with finance chief Georg Denoke
leaving immediately and CEO Buechele at the time planning to
stay on only until April.
That has left Chairman Wolfgang Reitzle, Buechele's
predecessor as CEO, as the most powerful figure at Linde.
($1 = 0.9322 euros)
(Reporting by Ludwig Burger; Editing by Maria Sheahan)