CP50: Shell Chemical LP
Shell Chemical was founded in 1929 and began the world's first production of ammonia from natural gas in California in 1931. It also started production of chemical solvents from refinery gases in California during the early 1930s. In 1942 it developed the production of butadiene, a key raw material for synthetic rubbers. In 1941, production of Teepol liquid detergent began at Stanlow in the UK, the first manufacture of a petroleum-based organic chemical, in Europe. Today, Shell Chemicals manufactures and delivers petrochemical building blocks to large industrial customers in all parts of the world.
Graham van't Hoff
Executive Vice President, Shell Chemicals
On Jan. 1, 2013, Graham was appointed to his current role as executive vice president, Shell Chemicals. Graham joined Shell in 1984 after obtaining a degree in chemistry from Oxford. His first role was in London as a customer services assistant, followed by time as a polypropylene sales representative in the UK.
Graham has since held various positions with Shell. In 2005, he was named vice president, Base Chemicals Europe and member of the chemicals leadership team. In mid-2008, Graham was appointed global vice president of base chemicals, returning to the UK at the beginning of 2009, before being appointed as chairman Shell UK on May 1, 2011, and later that year executive vice president, CO2 and alternative energies.
General Manager, Chemicals Strategy
Farina was appointed general manager of chemicals strategy in June 2009. He is also responsible for chemicals technology activities.
Farina joined Shell in 1990 as quality manager and later as manufacturing manager in Shell’s automotive supply venture in Germany.
Between 1994 and 2000 he worked in Shell’s elastomers business, serving in a variety of roles, including global business manager for the isoprene rubbers business.
In 2000, Farina was appointed venture manager of Shell’s e-business and technology venture capital fund before returning in 2003 to the chemicals business as strategy manager for the phenol and solvents business.
In 2006 he was named strategy manager for base chemicals with the focus on restructuring the North American base chemicals business.
Vice President, Global Base Chemicals
Casparie assumed the role of vice president, base chemicals on Feb.1, 2014.
Prior to that, he served as general manager of retail network planning, with responsibility for strategy and planning for all retail locations globally. He played a critical role in increasing retail’s ability to grow in markets such as China, India, Russia and Indonesia and played a leading part in the development of Shell' Chemical's Retail Strategy 2015.
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