Refining company Lyondell Basell Appoints New Chief Legal Officer
Lyondell Basell, one of the world’s largest plastics, chemical, and refining companies, appointed Jeff A. Kaplan as their new executive vice president and chief legal officer.
Houston/USA and London/UK — Lyondell Basell announced the appointment of Jeffrey A. Kaplan as executive vice president and chief legal officer, effective March 1. Kaplan succeeds Craig B. Glidden, who will leave the Company to become executive vice president and general counsel of the General Motors Company.
Chief Executive Officer Bob Patel said: "Jeff's experience in managing the legal aspects of nearly all facets of complex global organizations and his deep understanding of the petrochemical industry make him the obvious choice to join our management team. I have worked closely with Jeff for many years and have great confidence in him. "#
The company's Supervisory Board had nominated Kaplan for appointment to the Management Board. The Company's shareholders will be asked to elect Kaplan to the Management Board at its 2015 Annual General Meeting. In addition to leading the legal department, Kaplan will have management responsibility for the company's government affairs and corporate communications.
"We are grateful to Craig for his many contributions to Lyondell Basell over the past five-and-a-half years," Patel said. "He was one of the key leaders contributing to the transformation of the Company and the success we have achieved."
Kaplan has been deputy general counsel since joining Lyondell Basell in December 2009. From 2001 to 2009 he served in a variety of leadership roles at Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, including deputy general counsel. From 1992 to 2001 he was in private law practice in Houston.