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.

Donald Chen (Source: Arlanxeo)

Abdulaziz M. Al-Judaimi, Chairman of the Arlanxeo shareholders’ committee and Saudi Aramco’s Senior Vice President of Downstream, said: “With Donald Chen we have an experienced leader and industry expert joining the company. He has spent many years of his working life in the Asia-Pacific region, a key growth region for Arlanxeo. Donald joins Arlanxeo in a critical market environment and we are confident he will lead the company through the current transition and drive growth.

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.

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