American Chemistry Council Names Patel Chairman

By Chemical Processing Staff

Feb 07, 2018

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) announces that Bob V. Patel, chief executive officer of LyondellBasell Industries became the Council's chairman of the board effective January 1, 2018. LyondellBasell is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world, according to ACC. 

"Advancing the understanding, value and need for science- and risk-based decision-making in both the marketplace and public policy is central to our mission at ACC," says ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley. "As chief executive of one of the world's largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies, Bob possesses the insight and expertise to drive the continued expansion and prosperity of American chemistry in a global manufacturing future. His fiscal, strategic and operational discipline; together with his leadership, will help ensure ACC's continued success as we navigate an increasingly challenging political and regulatory environment."

Patel chaired his first ACC board meeting at the Council's Washington, DC headquarters on February 7, 2018. He became an officer of the organization in 2016 and served as vice chairman of the board and chairman of the board Finance, Audit, and Membership Committee. Last year he served as chairman of the Executive Committee. Patel was first elected to ACC's board of director's in 2015, during which time he served as a member of the executive committee.

"Our industry is critical to advancing solutions to many of today's most challenging global issues like enhancing food safety through lightweight and flexible packaging, protecting the purity of water supplies through stronger and more versatile pipes and improving the safety, comfort and fuel efficiency of many of the cars and trucks on the road today," says Patel. "This is an exciting time and I am honored to help tell our story and advocate for sensible policies that encourage growth and further competitiveness around the world."

Patel joined LyondellBasell in March 2010 as senior vice president, olefins and polyolefins – Americas, where he was one of the leaders who helped position the company to take advantage of the shale gas expansion in the U.S. He was promoted to executive vice president of olefins and polyolefins – Europe, Asia and International in October 2013, and appointed CEO in January 2015. Previously, Patel worked for Chevron Corporation and its affiliates for more than twenty years.

He is a board member of the Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas, the U.S.-India Business Council and the Greater Houston Partnership. He is also a member of the external advisory council of the College of Engineering for The Ohio State University and a member of the dean's advisory council for the Fox School of Business at Temple University. Patel earned a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from The Ohio State University and he also holds a Master of Business Administration from Temple University.

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