Chemetry announces Ryan Gilliam as Chairman; Robert Synder as CEO
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Chemetry announces Ryan Gilliam as Chairman; Robert Synder as CEO

Snyder, who previously served as Chief Strategy Officer, joined the company in 2016 after serving as Vice President of Strategy and Vice President of Chlorovinyls at Axial

  • By ICN Group | June 10, 2021

Chemetry announced that its Board of Directors has selected Robert Snyder to succeed Ryan Gilliam as Chief Executive Officer, reporting to Chemetry's Board of Directors. Dr. Gilliam will become the Chairman of the Board for Chemetry. 

Snyder, who previously served as Chief Strategy Officer, joined the company in 2016 after serving as Vice President of Strategy and Vice President of Chlorovinyls at Axiall. Prior to Axiall, Snyder was an executive in the Styrenics businesses at Nova Chemicals and led the EPDM business for DuPont Dow Elastomers. 

Snyder has an MBA from Wharton and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia. 

Dr. Gilliam, who has been Chief Executive Officer of Chemetry since 2015, joined the parent company, Calera, in 2008 to lead the Chemicals R&D organization. Dr. Gilliam has a PhD in Materials Science from the University of Toronto and serves as the CEO of Fortera, a materials company focusing on reducing CO2 emissions in the production of building materials. 

Robdert Snyder said, "I am very excited to have the opportunity to lead this organization as we commercialize a new process that can lower the power consumption by up to 50%, while not producing chlorine gas. This inherently safer process offers the vinyls chain an economical path to greatly reduce its carbon footprint and improve the safety of its production plants with no changes to the PVC resins produced or the raw materials used in the process." 

Chemetry is focused on developing lower energy technologies in the chemical space. Supported by a diverse team of engineers, scientists and plant operators, the company maintains an active research and development program and holds over 100 patents in the chemical and building material space. Chemetry is part of Calera Corporation, a clean technology company based in Moss Landing, California.

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