Kenneth Lane


Interim Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President, Global Olefins & Polyolefins (O&P)

Kenneth (Ken) Lane is interim chief executive officer and executive vice president, Global Olefins & Polyolefins (O&P) for LyondellBasell, one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. Prior to joining LyondellBasell, Lane was with BASF for thirteen years, holding senior executive positions in the Global Polyurethanes Division, and more recently President of the Monomers Division and President of BASF Catalysts. He also served in a variety of operations, strategy and commercial positions at BP Chemicals for seven years as well as various technical and operations roles at Amoco Chemical Corporation for seven years. Over his career he has served in leadership roles in the United States, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, China and Belgium. Lane earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Clemson University and a Master of Science in Management from the University of Alabama Huntsville. Lane serves on the American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division Operating Committee as well as the Executive Committee of the Society of Chemical Industry America.

Sessions With Kenneth Lane

Tuesday, 8 March

  • 02:50pm - 03:30pm (CST) / 08/mar/2022 08:50 pm - 08/mar/2022 09:30 pm

    Sustainability & Circularity: The changing world of chemicals & plastics

    Panel Downstream/Midstream/Chemicals

    Reducing the use of hydrocarbon feedstocks is arguably one of the most environmentally impactful goals for the chemical industry; second only to eliminating waste plastics from the global ecosystem. Recycling technology exists today that enables the industry to move beyond using waste plastics for simple energy recovery. These technologies, in combination with biomaterials, offer the potential to decouple certain plastics applications from hydrocarbon feedstocks. While conversations regarding limits on plastics production among policy makers and the industry are in early stages, one can begin to contemplate a “peak-production scenario” for certain plastics in the future. Sustainability and circularity pressures are increasing, and the chemicals and plastics industries are developing new business models in response. What does this mean for the future of consumer good made from plastics? How will producers in the plastics goods supply-chain respond to these emerging challenges? Are the economics of emerging business models viable in a “free market” system?