Haakan Jonsson, president of Covestro LLC, is also to become chairman of its board of directors at the beginning of 2020.
He will succeed Jerry MacCleary, who is retiring at the end of 2019, Covestro announced 6 June.
Jonsson has been with Covestro since 1992, initially as a scientist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
He has led manufacturing, innovation, supply chain and business development departments, and worked at various locations around the world.
He returned to Pittsburgh in 2017 when he was made president of the US business.