On December 19, 2014 7:56 am
HOUSTON — Chemical company LyondellBasell Industries tapped Bhavesh V. “Bob” Patel, who leads its international manufacturing business, to serve as its new chief executive officer, the company said Thursday morning.
Patel takes the reins of the company from James Gallogly effective Jan. 12. Gallogly announced his plans to retire in September.
“After a rigorous selection process, we chose Bob Patel based on his proven leadership, his outstanding track record, and his numerous contributions to the success of LyondellBasell,” said Robert Gwin, chairman of the company’s supervisory board, in a statement.
Since October 2013, Patel has served as executive vice president for olefins and polyolefins in Europe, Asia and International and technology. In that role, he is responsible for the company’s manufacturing operations outside of the Americas, the company said.