HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE:WLK) announced today that Mr. Roger Kearns has joined the company as Executive Vice President, Vinyls Chemicals, reporting to Mr. Albert Chao, Westlake’s President and CEO. In this role, Mr. Kearns will be responsible for Westlake’s chlor-alkali, derivatives, and PVC businesses in North America, Europe and Asia.
Mr. Kearns joins Westlake from Solvay SA, where he had been a member of the Executive Committee since 2008, with responsibility most recently for Solvay’s advanced materials business cluster, as well as the company’s corporate research organization and its North America region. He began his career with Solvay in 1986 as a polyethylene process engineer in Deer Park, Texas and then held a series of manufacturing, technical, marketing and business management positions in the United States, Europe and Asia. In 2004, he was appointed President of Solvay Advanced Polymers. From 2008 to 2012, he was responsible for Solvay’s Asia-Pacific businesses, including its vinyls operations in the region.
Mr. Kearns holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from Stanford University.
Mr. Chao stated, “We are pleased to have an international chemical industry executive with Roger’s depth of experience join our management team. We are confident he will make an important contribution to the ongoing growth and development of Westlake.”
About Westlake Chemical Corporation
Westlake Chemical Corporation is an international manufacturer and supplier of petrochemicals, polymers and building products with headquarters in Houston. The company's range of products includes: ethylene, polyethylene, styrene, propylene, chlor-alkali and derivative products, PVC suspension and specialty resins, PVC Compounds, and PVC building products including siding, pipe, fittings and specialty components, windows, fence, deck and film. For more information, visit the company's web site at www.westlake.com.