Wayne T. Smith

Wayne T. Smith

Wayne T. Smith, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of North America, BASF
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of North America, BASF

Wayne T. Smith is a Member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE. He assumed this position in April 2012. Smith is, since May 2015, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BASF Corporation. He is currently responsible for the divisions Catalysts, Coatings, Performance Materials, Market & Business Development, Site & Verbund Management North America, as well as Regional Functions & Country Platforms North America. Prior to this, since 2010, Smith was President of BASF’s Polyurethanes division, headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.

In 2004, Smith started his career with BASF as Group Vice President Intermediates NAFTA in Florham Park, New Jersey, United States. From 2006 until 2010 he was President of the Catalysts division and Executive Vice President of BASF Corporation. Before joining BASF, he held several management positions at the industrial gases company BOC Group as well as the specialty chemicals producer W. R. Grace & Co. in the United States.

Wayne T. Smith was born in Rochester, New York, United States, in 1960. From 1978 onwards, he studied Chemical Engineering at Syracuse University, United States, and received his bachelor’s degree in 1982. In 1989, he completed his master in Business Administration at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, United States. Smith is married and has two children


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