Leon de Bruyn

Lummus Technology

President & Chief Executive Officer

Leon de Bruyn is the President and Chief Executive Officer for Lummus Technology, where he is responsible for the strategic direction of the company and leading all aspects Lummus’ global performance. He also serves on the board of directors of Chevron Lummus Global, a joint venture between Chevron and Lummus. Mr. de Bruyn joined Lummus in 1993. During this career with the company, he has built executive experience in the downstream refining and petrochemicals industry, through technology development and licensing, catalyst supply and engineering, procurement and construction activities. Prior to his current role as President and CEO, Mr. de Bruyn led the transformation of the Lummus Technology business from a subsidiary of McDermott International to a standalone company under the ownership of The Chatterjee Group and Rhône Capital. Previously, Mr. de Bruyn was Managing Director of Chevron Lummus Global, a joint venture with Chevron, where he was responsible for the company strategy, P&L, sales and operations for the supply of technologies, engineering services and catalysts to refineries. Mr. de Bruyn holds a master’s degree in business administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Eindhoven University for Technology in The Netherlands. He has lived and worked in eight countries.

Sessions With Leon de Bruyn

Wednesday, 9 March

  • 03:30pm - 04:10pm (CST) / 09/mar/2022 09:30 pm - 09/mar/2022 10:10 pm

    Innovation in Plastics Recycling: Chemical vs. mechanical

    Innovation & Technology

    For at least four decades, plastic recycling has been an ambitious solution for the global plastic waste problem. Mechanical plastic recycling has not been economically viable without subsidies and/or legislative mandates. More recently, polymer depolymerization, known as chemical recycling, is gaining momentum as a possible economic alternative to mechanical recycling. However, at its current scale of operation, chemical recycling, a complex and expensive technology, is not without its own challenges. How is innovation moving the needle toward achieving economically viable plastic recycling technology? Will the integration of plastic waste pyrolysis processing within refining and petrochemicals operations prove to be an economically feasible approach? In the foreseeable future, will plastics recycling require a widely implemented, holistic approach that cannot be realized by technological innovation alone?