Silvio Ghyoot joins Cefic as new Executive Director of Petrochemicals Europe, an industry sector of Cefic. Meanwhile, Rob Ingram, CEO, INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe North has been appointed as new Chairman of the Petrochemicals Europe Board, succeeding Pieter Platteeuw from The Dow Chemical Company.

Silvio Ghyoot, a Belgian national, has extensive experience in the oil and petrochemical industry, with expertise in catalysts and polymer additives. He has a proven track record as a strategic leader. He worked for over 20 years for Albermarle Corporation, a global specialty chemicals company, holding high-level positions including President of the Catalysts Business Unit and regional Vice-President EurAsia and Asia Pacific. He has a Master in Chemical Engineering from the University of Ghent and an MBA from the Catholic University of Leuven.

Silvio Ghyoot said:
“I am honoured to have been chosen to take over the position of Petrochemicals Europe’s Executive Director. I believe the European petrochemicals industry has a major role to play in the transition to a more sustainable economy and I intend to leverage my expertise and support the industry through this journey. ”

New Board Chairman

Throughout his twenty-year career within INEOS, Rob Ingram, a British national, has held several high-level positions including Business Director INEOS Oxide, Procurement Director INEOS Olefins & Polymers, and Chief Operating Officer INEOS Styrenics. He is currently CEO of INEOS Olefins & Polymers Europe North. Before joining INEOS, he worked for both Lyondell and Exxon Chemical in various petrochemical sales roles. He has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Nottingham. As Chairman of the Board, he will be responsible for setting priorities and overseeing their implementation.

Rob Ingram said:
“Taking over the role of Petrochemicals Europe’s Chairman is both a privilege and a responsibility, and I look forward to cooperating with Silvio and his team. I am convinced that he will be able to contribute greatly to addressing the challenge for the petrochemical industry of moving towards a low-carbon economy.”