With effect from 1 May 2019, Donald Chen succeeds Jorge Nogueira as CEO of synthetic rubber producer Arlanxeo. Nogueira is retiring after a career spanning nearly 40 years in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.
Chen has come from Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), where he was responsible for operations in the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia and New Zealand, since January 2016 and was also a member of the Executive Council of ADM. He previously worked as Vice President at Sadara Chemical Company, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Dow Chemical. He also served as Regional Vice President for Hydrocarbon & Energy at Dow Chemical and as Vice President for Major Projects in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East region. Before he held various positions at Royal Dutch Shell in Research & Development, Commercial & Marketing, Strategy & Planning and Operations & Business Development in China, Europe, the Middle East and Pacific for almost twenty years. He has a master’s degree in engineering and a doctorate from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.