LyondellBasell appoints Bhavesh Patel as senior VP-olefins and polyolefins

Global petrochemicals major LyondellBasell today announced the appointment of Bhavesh (Bob) V Patel as senior vice president of its olefins and polyolefins - Europe, Asia and International (EAI) operations. He will also have the additional responsibilities for licensing and catalyst sales.

Patel replaces Anton de Vries who has departed from the company and LyondellBasell said it would announce a successor for Patel later. 

"Bob Patel has demonstrated success in leading olefins and polyolefins businesses in Asia and the Americas and I am pleased that he will bring this leadership and industry knowledge to guide our EAI business," said LyondellBasell CEO Jim Gallogly, adding, "We extend our gratitude to Anton de Vries for his years of service to LyondellBasell." 

Patel, who will be based in Rotterdam, joined LyondellBasell in March 2010 as senior vice president, olefins and polyolefins - Americas based in Houston. Prior to joining LyondellBasell, Patel was with Chevron Phillips Chemical Company and Chevron Chemical Company, where he held a number of manufacturing, marketing, strategic planning, business management and general management positions beginning 1990. 

Most recently, he was general manager, Olefins and NGLs at Chevron Phillips. He also served as general manager, Asia Pacific region, based in Singapore. 

A graduate in chemical engineering from the Ohio State University, Patel also holds a master's in business administration from Temple University.

LyondellBasell is one of the world's largest plastics, chemical and refining companies. The company manufactures products at 59 sites in 18 countries. LyondellBasell products and technologies include packaging, electronics, automotive parts, home furnishings, construction materials and biofuels.