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Wayne Smith

Position: Director, Member of the EH&S and Major Projects Review Committees

Date of Appointment: May 7, 2020

Municipality of Residence: New Jersey, USA

Age: 60

Mr. Smith has more than 35 years of general management experience in the chemicals and industrials sectors. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE, with global responsibility for the Chemicals and Materials Segments of BASF, as well as the research platform, Process Research and Chemical Engineering. He joined the Executive Board in 2012.  In addition, since 2015, Mr. Smith has held the position of CEO for BASF Corporation, representing the BASF businesses in North America. Mr. Smith has served in a variety of executive positions at BASF, WR Grace, and the BOC Group. He has deep experience across broad value chains in the chemical industry, including petrochemicals, polymers, and highly specialized chemicals. He has overseen both very large capital projects and significant acquisitions. Mr. Smith began his career at General Electric in 1982. He serves on the boards of the industry association, the American Chemistry Council, and the non-profit American Council on Germany. He is a member of the Dean’s Leadership Council for the School of Engineering at Syracuse University, and is a member of the Global Advisory Council at Penn State University. Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Syracuse University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.