Joseph Priestley Society: Fernando Musa, “Survival, Growth, and Perpetuity”

Fernando Musa

Fernando Musa

Date: September 11, 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.

During this month’s event Fernando Musa, CEO, Braskem America, will deliver the keynote address “Survival, Growth, and Perpetuity.”

  About the Event

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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, September 11, 2014

11:30 a.m.

Networking reception

12:15 p.m.


1:00 p.m.

Keynote address

  About the Keynote

Braskem America’s CEO Fernando Musa will talk about the company’s remarkable growth in the past decade, its plans for the future, and trends of importance that he sees in the petrochemical and plastics industry moving forward.

Braskem is the largest producer of thermoplastic resins in the Americas and the world’s leading biopolymers producer, manufacturing green polyethylene from sugar cane−based ethanol. With 36 industrial plants in Brazil, the United States, and Germany, the company produces over 35 billion pounds of thermoplastic resins and other petrochemicals per year. Braskem America is the leading producer of polypropylene in the United States, with five production plants located in Texas, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, and a Technology and Innovation Center in Pittsburgh. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Braskem America is a wholly owned subsidiary of Braskem S.A.

 Speaker Biographies

Fernando Musa is currently CEO of Braskem America. He has been accountable for Braskem’s operations in the United States and Germany since early 2012.

Musa joined Braskem in 2010 as vice president of planning and integration at Quattor, which had just been acquired by Braskem. While at Quattor he was responsible for the integration process with Braskem. In early 2011 Musa assumed the role of vice president of planning and business development at Braskem. In this role he was also in charge of leading quantiQ, Braskem’s chemical distribution business.

Musa started his career in 1989 at Dow Chemical in its management trainee program. Throughout his career he has held various roles related to business development and strategic planning. He was one of the founding partners of MGDK, a Brazilian firm focused on consulting and venture capital−style investments. MGDK’s consulting business was sold to Monitor Group in 1998. Musa then joined Monitor Group as a managing partner, responsible for the South American operations.

Musa holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Instituto Tecnológico da Aeronáutica (ITA) and an MBA from INSEAD in France.

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