Chuck Platz heads the North American polyolefins business for Netherlands-based Basell NV, the world's largest producer of polypropylene resins, a supplier of polyethylene and advanced PE products, and a leading licensor of polyolefin technology. The company manufactures in 18 countries.
After graduating from the University of Maryland in 1969 with a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering, Platz started his career with Hercules Inc.'s aerospace division, serving as a research engineer in the plastics division before transferring to sales and marketing.
In 1983, when Hercules and Montedison SpA formed Himont, he was appointed product director for its Pro-fax resin brand. He subsequently became director of marketing for the United States, vice president of sales and marketing for North America and vice president/resins for Europe in Belgium.
When the Royal Dutch/Shell Group and Montedison formed Montell in 1995, Platz became senior vice president of polypropylene and polyethylene business management for Europe. In 1999, he was appointed president of Montell North America. When BASF and Shell formed Basell in October 2000, he became president of Basell North America's Polyolefins Business, his present position.
Platz has served as chairman of the American Plastics Council's advertising committee and is a member of the board of directors of the American Chemistry Council.