By Plastics & Rubber Weekly Staff
Patrick Thomas, ceo of Bayer MaterialScience, is taking over the presidency of PlasticsEurope from Jacques van Rijckevorsel. PlasticsEurope announced the appointment at the PolyTalk industry summit in France in March.
Thomas says PlasticsEurope will work with the plastics industry on sustainability issues, adding: "I am very excited to take on this new responsibility and work with the other steering board members to reach important targets such as a zero plastics waste to landfill".
Thomas has a degree in engineering from Oxford University and began his career with British chemicals company Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI). He worked at ICI Pharmaceuticals and Agrochemicals and Huntsman before joining Bayer MaterialScience in 2006.
He is also chairman of the Oxford University Business Economics Programme Board (OUBEP), chairman of the advisory board at the European Institute for Industrial Leadership and non-executive director of the board at BG Group. "