Francesca Reverberi always enjoyed nature-based activities and knew she wanted to pursue an education that would help her make a difference for the environment.
Reverberi earned a master's degree in chemical engineering from Politecnico di Milano, another master's in chemical engineering focused on refinery plants from MIP Politecnico di Milano, and an MBA from SDA Bocconi.
Her first role in the industry, commercial manager of hydrocarbons and energy at Dow Chemical, solidified her desire to work in sustainability as she learned "the ins and outs of plastics manufacturing," she said.
"As the mother of two teenage daughters, I want to leave them a world that does not face the environmental challenges that we encounter today," Reverberi said. "Developing and implementing a plan to make plastics more sustainable is a key component."
Reverberi moved up the ranks at Trinseo LLC, starting as the latex product director for Europe and the Americas in 2010. She also worked as global business director of synthetic rubber and senior global business director of base plastics before taking her role as vice president of engineered materials and synthetic rubber in 2020.
Today, as senior vice president of engineered materials and chief sustainability officer at Trinseo, her desire to make plastics better for the environment drives her professional goals.
"It is also one of the core reasons I volunteered as chair of the Plastics Europe strategic council for sustainable use of plastics as well as a steering board member," Reverberi said.