Andrew Liveris of Dow Chemical Co. is the most influential person in the global chemical industry. That's according to ICIS Chemical Business magazine, which has compiled a Top 40 Power Players for 2010 list.
Plastics have a lot to do with Liveris winning the top spot. The story (PDF) notes that Dow has adjusted its strategy, and now plans to sell some commodity plastics operations in the next couple of years -- perhaps HDPE and PP -- and keep its LDPE and LLDPE assets.
The No. 2 "Power Player" is Peter Bahnsuk Kim, CEO of LG Chem. An ICIS news release notes that South Korea-based LG Chem "is making big strides in the battery and electronics markets, and also capitalizing on the growth in demand for plastics in China."
Mohamed Al-Mady, CEO of Saudi Basic Industries Corp, is the No. 3 player.
The majority of executives on the "Power Player" list have plastics-specific ties. Rounding out the top 10, they include: Yoshimitsu Kobayashi of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings at No. 4; Kurt Bock of BASF on No. 5, James Gallogly of LyondellBasell Industries at No. 6, Mukesh Ambani of Reliance Industries at No. 7, Jim Ratcliffe of Ineos at No. 8, Abdullah bin Al-Attiyah of Qatar Petroleum at No. 9 and Stephen Pryor of ExxonMobil Chemical at No. 10.