Antonis Papadourakis | AIChE

Antonis Papadourakis

President and Chief Executive Officer
LANXESS Corporation

Antonis was born in Athens, Greece in 1957.  He earned a degree from the University of Thessaloniki in 1981 and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1985, both in Chemical Engineering. 

After a year with the Greek Armed Forces, he joined Rohm and Haas in Bristol, PA, USA. He held positions of increasing responsibility, including Sr. Chemical Engineer, Group Leader of the Process Economics Center and Process Control Manager for Polymers & Resins worldwide.  Antonis became a US citizen in May of 1995.

In 1997 Antonis moved to London, England as the Purchasing Manager for Rohm and Haas (UK) Ltd. and later became the Purchasing & Logistics Manager, Europe, for Performance Polymers.  He became Commercial Manager for Construction Adhesives, Europe, in January of 2001. 

Antonis moved to Paris, France in July 2001, to become Business Manager, Packaging and Converting, Europe for Rohm and Haas. 

He repatriated to the US in 2005 and joined Engelhard Corporation (now BASF) as Global Business Manager for Stationary Source and Indoor Air.  He joined Arkema in February of 2007 as Business Director, Organic Peroxides, Americas.  In September of 2008, he was promoted to General Manager, Sustainability Additives and in February 2012 joined Altuglas International (a subsidiary of Arkema) as the Regional Group President, Americas. 

Antonis joined LANXESS Corporation as its President and CEO in July, 2015. 

Antonis is married and has three children.

External positions:

  • Member of the Board of the American Chemistry Council (ACC)
  • Member of the Board of the Allegheny Conference for Community Development (ACCD)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Member of the Board of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
  • Member of the Board of the German American Chamber of Commerce Pittsburgh (GACCPIT)