JPS Luncheon: K’Lynne Johnson, “Renewicals: Chemicals through the Power of ‘And’”

K'Lynne Johnson

K’Lynne Johnson

The May 8, 2014, installment of the  Joseph Priestley Society (JPS) lecture series featured a keynote address by K’Lynne Johnson, CEO and president, Elevance Renewable Sciences. Johnson presented “Renewicals: Chemicals through the Power of ‘And.’


Elevance is transforming petroleum-based manufacturing through strategic collaboration, using processes that draw on renewable resources. Elevance uses renewable ingredients and converts them into specialty chemicals using a patented, Nobel Prize-winning metathesis technology developed by Materia, Inc., and Nobel laureate Robert H. Grubbs of the California Institute of Technology. In 2011 Elevance further expanded its technology by completing a licensing agreement with XiMo AG, a company founded by renowned chemists Amir H. Hoveyda and Nobel laureate Richard R. Schrock, to use its proprietary molybdenum and tungsten metathesis catalysts.

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About the speaker

K’Lynne Johnson has over 20 years’ experience working within the oil and petrochemicals industry for Amoco, BP, and Innovene. During this time she has worked in a variety of roles, including general business management, e-commerce, supply-chain optimization, human resources management, strategy development, leadership development, and organizational design and effectiveness. Before assuming her current role as CEO of Elevance, Johnson was the senior vice president of the Global Derivatives operating company within BP Innovene, one of the world’s largest global petrochemical and refining companies. In this role Johnson’s responsibilities included profit-and-loss accountability for multiple global commodity and specialty chemicals businesses with revenues of $3 billion.

Johnson was formerly a director of TPC Group Inc. and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Morton Arboretum, the Board of Directors of the Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization Institute, and the Board of Directors for Women in Biotech. She received a master’s degree in organizational behavior from Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in organizational psychology.

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