Peter Vanacker is the Chief Executive Officer of LyondellBasell, a leader in the global polymers & chemicals industry.

Prior to joining LyondellBasell, Vanacker was President, CEO and Chair of the Executive Committee of Neste Corporation, a renewable products company. Vanacker also served as CEO of CABB Group GmbH, a fine chemicals producer, and of Treofan Group, a manufacturer of polypropylene films. He also held a succession of roles at Bayer AG, including Executive Vice President and Head of the Global Polyurethanes business and member of the Executive Committee of Bayer Material Science, now Covestro. Throughout his international career he has worked in Belgium, Brazil, China, Finland, Germany and United States.

Vanacker earned his Masters of Science in chemical engineering and a specialty in polymers engineering at the University of Ghent.

He serves as Chair of the Advisory Board for the European Institute for Industrial Leadership and is a Member of the Supervisory Board of Symrise AG, a public, leading flavor, nutrition, scent and care company that achieved the top grade of A in all three CDP categories in 2021.

Peter Vanacker




Day 2 | 7 December 2022 | Keynotes session: How the chemical sector can thrive in a new age of sustainability and decarbonisation?