2021 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

Keynote Speaker Wayne T. Smith
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BASF Corporation

Smith PhotoWayne T. Smith is a Member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE since 2012 and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BASF Corporation since 2015. He is responsible for the divisions Monomers, Performance Materials, Process Research & Chemical Engineering, Market & Business Development, Site & Verbund Management North America, as well as Regional Functions & Country Platforms North America. Wayne joined BASF in 2004 as Group Vice President Intermediates NAFTA. In 2006 he was named President of the Catalysts division and Executive Vice President, BASF Corporation. In 2010, Wayne became President of BASF’s global Polyurethanes Division. Before joining BASF, he was Vice President and General Manager Specialty Construction Chemicals, W.R. Grace & Co. Prior to that, he served in various business management and executive capacities with BOC Group. Wayne holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University and an MBA from the Wharton School.