The American Chemistry Council appointed Bob V. Patel, chief executive officer of LyondellBasell Industries, as chairman of its board of directors.

“Advancing the understanding, value, and need for science- and risk-based decision-making in both the marketplace and public policy is central to our mission at ACC,” says ACC’s president and CEO Cal Dooley. “As chief executive of one of the world’s largest plastics, chemicals, and refining companies, Bob possesses the insight and expertise to drive the continued expansion and prosperity of American chemistry in a global manufacturing future. His fiscal, strategic, and operational discipline, together with his leadership, will help ensure ACC’s continued success as we navigate an increasingly challenging political and regulatory environment.”

Patel chaired his first ACC board meeting at the council’s Washington, D.C. headquarters on Feb. 7. He became an officer of the organization in 2016 and served as vice chairman of the board and chairman of the board’s finance, audit, and membership committee.

“Our industry is critical to advancing solutions to many of today’s most challenging global issues like enhancing food safety through lightweight and flexible packaging, protecting the purity of water supplies through stronger and more versatile pipes and improving the safety, comfort, and fuel efficiency of many of the cars and trucks on the road today,” says Patel. “This is an exciting time, and I’m an honored to help tell our story and advocate for sensible policies that encourage growth and further competitiveness around the world.”

Patel joined LyondellBasell in March 2010 as its senior vice president of its olefins and polyolefins Americas division.