NOVA Chemicals Appoints Roger Kearns as President/CEO

The new CEO will accelerate implementation of the company vision to become North America’s leading sustainable polyethylene producer.

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Roger Kearns new CEO at Nova Chemicals
NOVA Chemicals appointed Roger Kearns the new president/CEO effective June 12, 2023, succeeding Danny Dweik.Image courtesy of NOVA Chemicals

NOVA Chemicals has apopointed Roger Kearns as president and chief executive officer, effective June 12, 2023.

He succeeds Danny Dweik, who has served as interim president and CEO of NOVA Chemicals since October 2022.

“NOVA Chemicals consistently proves its ability to deliver innovative solutions to complex challenges, and I am thrilled to lead the company towards a more sustainable future. Driving forward with purpose and passion will unlock new possibilities, fuel growth, and create value for our customers, employees, and communities. Together we will shape the future of our industry and make a positive impact in the world," said Kearns.

Kearns most recently served as the chief operating officer of Westlake Corp., the global diversified manufacturer of essential products with 15,000 employees, which recorded net sales of $15.8 billion and annual net income of $2.2 billion in 2022.

He is a senior executive with extensive international leadership experience in both the commodity and specialty chemicals environments. During his tenure at Westlake, he formerly served as executive vice president of Performance and Essential Materials, driving large-scale revenue growth and leading the acquisition of Hexion’s global epoxy business. 

“Roger has impeccable industry knowledge, operational depth and a proven track record in driving performance improvements, combined with the ability to mobilize and lead large organizations. We are confident he will deliver NOVA’s 2030 vision of becoming North America’s leading sustainable polyethylene producer," said Ahmed Yahia Al Idrissi, chairman of NOVA Chemicals.

Dweik will remain a member of NOVA’s Board of Directors and return to his role as head of Industrials and Business Services at Mubadala Investment Company, the USD $284 billion Abu Dhabi-based investor.

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