Sector News

John Verity succeeds Neil Chapman as president ExxonMobil Chemical, Chapman promoted to SVP

December 4, 2017
Chemical Value Chain

John Verity succeeds Neil Chapman as president of chemicals unit. ExxonMobil Corp. announced on Friday that its board of directors has elected Neil Chapman, 55, to the position of senior vice president and member of the company’s management committee, from which future chief executives are usually chosen.

Other members of the management committee are Darren Woods, chairman and CEO, and senior vice presidents Mark Albers, Michael Dolan, Andrew Swiger and Jack Williams. John Verity, 59, has been appointed to succeed Chapman as president of ExxonMobil Chemical with both assignments effective 1 January 2018. Verity is currently vice president/polymers at ExxonMobil Chemical.

“Neil’s election results from the company’s planning process that is designed to ensure management committee leadership continuity. Disciplined succession planning is critically important to the long-term success of the company and a competitive advantage for the corporation,” said Darren Woods, chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil Corp. Chapman joined Esso Chemical in 1984 at the Esso refinery in Fawley, United Kingdom. He has held a range of senior engineering, operations, planning and marketing roles in various chemical affiliates in the UK, Belgium, the United States and Hong Kong.

Following the merger of Exxon and Mobil, Chapman was chemicals sales manager in the Asia Pacific region and project executive of the Fujian integrated refining and ethylene joint venture project in China. In 2002 he joined the fuels marketing division as head of ExxonMobil Aviation International in the UK before becoming vice president, industrial and wholesale fuels based in the US.

Chapman became vice president for the global polyethylene business unit of ExxonMobil Chemical in 2005 and was appointed executive assistant to the chairman of Exxon Mobil Corp. in 2006. He became president of ExxonMobil Global Services Co. in 2007 and was appointed senior vice president for polymers with ExxonMobil Chemical in 2011. He has been in his current role since 2015.

Verity joined Exxon Chemical in 1980 and held sales, marketing and strategic planning roles in its polyethylene business in Europe. He held various management roles at the butyl rubber plant at Fawley, UK, and moved to the US in 1998 in a planning assignment in the polyethylene business. In 2000, he became the Americas marketing manager for the ExxonMobil Chemical’s polyethylene business. He was appointed president of Univation Technologies in 2001.

Verity returned to ExxonMobil Chemical in 2005 as vice president of R&D. He later served as vice president of the polyethylene business, vice president of the polyolefins business and was given added responsibility for the adhesion and solution performance plastics businesses units as vice president of plastics and resins. Verity has served in his current role since 2015.

By Natasha Alperowicz

Source: Chemical Week

comments closed

Related News

December 3, 2022

Corteva to acquire Stoller Group for $1.2 billion

Chemical Value Chain

Corteva (Indianapolis, Indiana) says it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Stoller Group (Houston, Texas), a producer of biostimulants and plant nutrition products, for $1.2 billion. Stoller is one of the largest independent biologicals companies globally, with operations in more than 60 countries and more than $400 million in annual sales.

December 3, 2022

OMV introduces new corporate structure to drive sustainable growth and innovation

Chemical Value Chain

OMV has announced its new corporate structure today, designed to fully enable the delivery of Strategy 2030. The new organization will be built on five distinct areas. In addition to the CEO and CFO areas, three business segments will be established: Chemicals & Materials, Fuels & Feedstock, and Energy.

December 3, 2022

What does the current downturn in industrial manufacturing mean for executives searching for a senior role in the chemicals industry?

Chemical Value Chain

The European petchem sector is readying for some tough quarters. It’s a different picture in the US. So is this the best time ever to find a new role in the chemical industry? If you are in Europe, you would expect me to say probably not. But actually, it depends. So let me give you four answers to this question.