Michael Mulrooney was appointed president of Basell Polyolefins North America on Nov. 1, 2006. Based in Elkton, Md., he is responsible for Basell's polyolefins operations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Following his graduation in 1980 from Villanova University, near Philadelphia, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering, Mulrooney began a career in the petrochemical industry that has spanned more than two decades. His assignments have included positions in business management, international projects, acquisitions, strategic planning, marketing and manufacturing.
The Virginia native started his career with Basell predecessor company Hercules Inc. as a process engineer in Lake Charles, La. In 1987, after Hercules merged with Italy's Montedison SpA to form Himont Inc., he moved to Wilmington, Del., where he was named manager of licensing. He subsequently also served as manager of strategic planning and as director of advanced materials for Asia Pacific.
When Himont merged with Royal Dutch/Shell Group's polyolefins business to form Montell Polyolefins in 1995, Mulrooney was appointed director of strategy and project planning and transferred from Wilmington to Brussels, Belgium. In 2000, when Basell Polyolefins was formed through the merger of Montell, Targor and Elenac, he transferred to Milan, Italy, to serve as vice president of the catalyst business.
Immediately prior to returning to the United States to assume his current role, Mulrooney was senior VP of marketing and new ventures for Basell's technology division and was based in Frankfurt, Germany. In that role he was responsible for identifying, developing and implementing the company's new joint-venture projects worldwide.