Joseph Priestley Society Welcomes Chris Pappas

Chris Pappas

Chris Pappas

Date: January 9, 2014
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Event Type: Open to the Public
Fee: $25
RSVP Online: Registration Required

The Joseph Priestley Society (JPS) lecture series explores topics in science, technology, and industry through professional networking receptions and lectures by industry leaders.

This month’s keynote address will be presented by Chris Pappas, president and CEO, Styron. Pappas will present “Private Equity and the Chemical Industry: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities.”

  About the Event

What is it like to work for a chemical company owned by private equity, and how does it differ from working for a chemical company with a public ownership structure? This lecture will take a closer look at recent examples of private equity transactions in the industry and what the future may hold for this trend.

More information

For more information about this event, please contact Sarah Reisert, awards program manager, at 215.873.8263 or

Boyle Society members receive complimentary admission!

Robert Boyle Society members: To register yourself and up to three guests free of charge, please contact Nancy Vonada, manager of events and donor relations, at 215.873.8226 or

  Event Schedule

Thursday, January 09, 2014

11:30 a.m.

Networking reception

12:15 p.m.


1:00 p.m.

Keynote address

  About the Keynote

Over the past two decades the role of private equity in the chemical industry has grown. Private equity companies have taken a variety of approaches in entering the chemical industry—from acquiring divisions of large chemical companies, to buying small companies outright, to establishing new joint ventures in partnership with chemical companies. While private equity has a negative reputation among some of the public, it can play a valuable role in providing liquidity and allowing reconfiguration and consolidation that is much needed in the chemical industry.

 Speaker Biographies

Christopher D. Pappas is president and chief executive officer of Styron, a leading global materials company dedicated to innovation and delivery for its customers, with strong global positions in four business areas: polystyrene and styrenic polymers, emulsion polymers, polycarbonate and engineered compounds, and PBR and SBR synthetic rubbers.

Pappas brings to Styron a 30-plus-year distinguished career and proven operating experience in the chemicals and plastics industry, and he is an accomplished leader of complex global businesses. In his role as Styron’s president and CEO he leads the company’s commitment to help customers meet their needs with innovative new products and sustainable solutions. Pappas started his career at The Dow Chemical Company, where he gathered industry experience in a number of sales and managerial positions between 1978 and 1996. In 1996 he joined DuPont Dow Elastomers LLC, where he held several leadership positions, initially as vice president of ethylene elastomers and from 1999 onward as commercial vice president.

He joined NOVA Chemicals Corporation in 2000. There he assumed roles with increasingly global responsibilities, first as senior vice president and president of styrenics (2000–2006), then chief operating officer (2006–2008), president and chief operating 0fficer (2008–2009), and president and CEO (2009). He was named to lead Styron in March 2010 and assumed the role in June 2010 on the sale of Styron from Dow to Bain Capital Partners. Pappas serves on the Executive Leadership Team and the board of directors of the new company.

Pappas also serves on the board of directors for Trinseo S.A. and FirstEnergy Corp. Previously, he has served on the board of directors for Methanex Corp., NOVA Chemicals Corporation, and Allegheny Energy, Inc. Pappas holds a B.S. degree in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

  Event Sponsors

The 2014 JPS lecture-luncheon series is generously supported by The Dow Chemical Company.

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