Mr. Kearns has been our Executive Vice President - Vinyls Chemicals since April 2018. Prior to joining Westlake, he was a member of the Executive Committee at Solvay SA, a position he held from January 2008 to April 2018. Mr. Kearns began his career with Solvay in 1986 as a polyethylene process engineer. He then held a series of increasingly-responsible manufacturing, technical, marketing and business management positions in the United States, Europe and Asia. In 2004, he was appointed President of Solvay Advanced Polymers. From 2008 to 2012 he was responsible for Solvay’s Asia-Pacific region. Mr. Kearns holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from Stanford University.