Jeff Taylor joined the Houston-based Westlake Group two years ago from Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., where he had the same title as he does now – vice president of polyethylene. Prior to Chevron Phillips, he spent 23 years with Chevron Chemical Co., in a variety of mostly polymer sales and marketing management roles, as well as a stint as plant manager of the firm´s Orange, Texas, PE resins plant.
The Pennsylvania native graduated from the University of Delaware in 1975 with degrees in business administration and mathematics.
The 1,900-employee, 16-plant Westlake – which makes PVC and low density polyethylene resin, as well as PVC pipe (via Houston-based North American Pipe Corp.) and vinyl fencing (via Evansville, Ind.-based Westech Fence) – is part of the Chao Group. That Taiwanese-owned conglomerate is owned by the Chao family, which also controls a majority stake in Titan Petrochemicals and Polymers, Malaysia´s largest private petrochemicals firm.
Last November, a bond issue prompted Westlake to release the first-ever earnings report in its 17-year history. For the first nine months of 2003, the firm reported a profit of $2.2 million on sales of $1.06 billion.