Trinseo boss to retire in 2019

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Trinseo SA’s president and chief executive officer, Christopher D. Pappas, has announced his plans to retire in 2019.

In a statement 11 Dec, Trinseo said its board of directors is now engaged in “succession planning” and intends to name a successor soon. Pappas plans to help support a smooth and seamless transition to the company’s next chief executive officer.

“I am extremely proud of all that we have accomplished at Trinseo in the last eight years – from the company’s formation in 2010 via spin-off from Dow Chemical, through its ownership by private equity with Bain Capital Partners, to an initial public offering and listing on the NYSE in 2014,” said Pappas.

Pappas started his career at the Dow Chemical Co., where he gathered industry experience in a number of sales and managerial positions between 1978 and 1996.

In 1996 he joined DuPont Dow Elastomers LLC where he held several leadership positions, initially as vice president of ethylene elastomers and from 1999 onwards as commercial vice president.

He joined NOVA Chemicals Corp. in 2000, where he held the positions of SVP Styrenics (2000-2006), chief operating officer (2006-2008), president and chief operating officer (2008-09), and finally as president and CEO (2009).

He was named to lead Trinseo (formerly known as Styron) in March 2010, and assumed the role in June 2010 upon the sale of Trinseo from Dow to Bain Capital Partners in June 2010.

Pappas holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

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