Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LLC announced that James (Jim) Becker, currently vice president of polymers, will assume an additional role and become their first executive to hold a sustainability title. As vice president of polymers and sustainability, Becker assumes senior executive responsibility at Chevron Phillips Chemical for overseeing the company’s emerging sustainability strategy.

“From new product development to sustainable practices within our facilities, we want to be on the forefront of advances that enrich lives and care for our environment,” he says.

In his new capacity, Becker will coordinate Chevron Phillips’s commercial and technical resources to focus on internal sustainability achievements while also identifying and collaborating with industry groups, non-governmental organizations, and others to provide leadership and innovative sustainability solutions for global concerns, including plastics in the environment.

“Developing a comprehensive global sustainability strategy is imperative for our company and our industry,” says Mark Lashier, president and chief executive officer. “We have partnered with organizations across the globe to ensure that our facilities and employees act in an environmentally responsible manner at all times. We likewise want our products used and disposed of properly and look forward to the many contributions we can make to bolster sustainability efforts here in the United States and around the world.”

“Chevron Phillips Chemical is in growth mode, and with growth comes the responsibility to do everything we can to help foster a culture of sustainability with our own employees while seeking to partner with organizations around the world devoted to developing sustainability solutions,” Becker adds.

Jim Becker began his career with Chevron in 1980. He previously served as the Asia region manager and managing director of Chevron Phillips Singapore Chemicals, before becoming the executive president of Saudi Polymers Co. LLC. Prior to his position as vice president of polymers, he served as the vice president of specialties. He also currently sits on the board of directors of American Styrenics LLC.