Covestro CEO Dr. Markus Steilemann Featured in Newsletter

“My north star is the Covestro vision of making the world a brighter place. This applies to conserving our environment and creating a sustainable economic order that unites value creation and wellbeing. And… we need fair, integrative societies that are more just, more tolerant and more cohesive.” 

This issue features Dr. Markus Steilemann, Chairman of the Management Board of Covestro AG, Chief Executive Officer at Covestro

A visionary and very active leader, Dr. Steilemann is CEO of Covestro, a multinational global polymer companies located in Leverkusen Germany. Covestro is a driver of the circular economy and working on transforming its entire production from fossil to alternative raw materials based on renewable carbon. Steilemann, who holds a Chemistry PhD, is also the President of PlasticsEurope, the association of plastics manufacturers in Europe as well as a Vice President of the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) and has numerous other functions. 
How did you initially become interested in your field?

When I was a little boy I had a cosy blanket made with a synthetic fiber from Bayer, and I imagined it would be great to work for such a nice company when I was grown up. Later, I indeed studied chemistry and economics, aiming at having a job at the interface of natural science and management. And, it came true.

You are the CEO & Chairman of the Board of Management at Covestro, President of Plastics Europe, as well as a prolific author and speaker in multiple languages. How do you do it all? 

And, a husband and father of two… To be honest, it takes a great deal of discipline and commitment. I’m burning to help create a truly sustainable world with technological innovation and the power of superior materials like plastics. This gives me the energy I need.

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