Vice President - Olefins, OMDC of Chemicals, IHS Markit
During a career spanning 25 + years in the refining and chemical industry, Steve has experience across the spectrum of refining and petrochemical hydrocarbon value chains covering a wide array of financial, strategic, technical and commercial roles. Before his move to IHS Chemical, Steve was Senior Manager of Base Chemicals at TOTAL Petrochemicals & Refining, Inc. In that capacity, he managed the P&L of the base chemicals business including: joint venture relationships, strategic guidance to the partnerships, plant operational interfaces, project development, and the commercial responsibility for olefin and aromatic monomers including styrene.
Prior to the Base Chemical Senior manager role, Steve had increasing responsibilities within the Petrochemical business at TOTAL. The Latest assignment was overseas, Brussels Belgium, responsible for the Global aromatics long term commercial business activity. The assignment included P&L responsibility and strategic project development for TOTAL around the world. Prior to the Belgian assignment he worked as manager of the US aromatics business. Before 2000 Steve was involved in the refining and fuels side of the Hydrocarbon chain both for what was then FINA Oil and Chemical and for Star Enterprise (a joint venture between Texaco and Saudi Aramco) working as a process engineer, optimization engineer, fuels blending optimizer, branded/unbranded fuels marketing and supply lead, and in a business development role.
Steve earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University in 1987 and an MBA with of focus on finance and economics from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2000.
Key of the raw materials for the diapers industry have experienced price volatility in 2017 and questions on new investments arise despite global oversupplied markets. What does the future hold for these raw materials and what are the ramifications for the end users? This presentation will give an update on global trends and markets for Propylene derived monomers, including acrylic acid (GAA) and super absorbent polymers (SAPs); including regional cash cost comparison and recent price trends in the main regions. The presentation also would cover the demand drivers and trade flows. Brief analysis on other diaper key raw materials, like PE and PP cost competitiveness will be discussed.