Donald Duncan has been president of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc., the trade association representing the fourth-largest manufacturing industry in the United States, since Feb. 2. Previously he was president and chief executive officer of DuPont Dow Elastomers LLC, a 50-50 joint venture of two of the nation's largest chemical companies.
Before joining the venture, he spent 34 years with the DuPont parent company, where he was general managing director of DuPont's Elastomers Strategic Business Unit. In that capacity, he led a global organization that developed, manufactured and marketed DuPont-invented elastomeric polymers. This business unit had sales of about $1 billion and about 2,000 employees worldwide. He retired in 1999.
Duncan joined DuPont in 1963 and, during his career, managed the marketing, research, manufacturing or business organizations of almost every plastic DuPont produced.
As part of his business and technical responsibilities, Duncan has participated in several polymer trade associations. Among them was the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers, where he served for seven years on the board of directors, including terms as president and vice president, and received the institute's prestigious General Award in 2000.
Duncan, a native of West Virginia, holds a chemical engineering degree from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.
SPI's Web site is www.socplas.org.