Mark Lashier, an Iowa State University chemical engineering alumnus and a member of the department’s Advisory Council, has been announced as the next president and chief executive officer of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC. Currently executive vice president, commercial at Chevron Phillips, he will succeed current president and CEO Peter Cella upon Cella’s retirement August 1.
Lashier received a B.S. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Iowa State in 1985 and 1989, respectively, and has served on the department’s Advisory Council since 2014. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the chemicals industry, holds 12 U.S. patents and has authored several technical papers.
He began his career at Phillips Petroleum Company in 1989 (prior to its later merger with Chevron) in Bartlesville, Oklahoma as an associate research engineer in Phillips’ chemicals group of research and development. In 1994, he became a senior production engineer at the Sweeny Petrochemical Complex in Old Ocean, Texas; and in 1996, he served as commercial development specialist in natural gas, chemicals and plastics, in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. In 1997 he was named olefins manager in chemicals and plastics. He joined Chevron Phillips Chemical Company in 2000 as the two corporations combined their resources.
He has also served the corporation as Asia region general manager, located in Singapore; as managing director for Chevron Phillips Singapore Chemicals (formerly Phillips Petroleum Singapore Chemicals) and vice chairman of Shanghai Golden Phillips, a joint venture polyethylene facility with Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Company. In 2005, he became project director, Saudi Arabia, planning and strategic transactions. In 2008, he became president of Saudi Polymers Company, LLC.
A news release discussing Lashier’s promotion and other upcoming executive management moves is available from Chevron Phillips.