Westlake Chemical Appoints Joseph B. Nassif as Vice President of Corporate Purchasing

Westlake Chemical Appoints Joseph B. Nassif as Vice President of Corporate Purchasing

HOUSTON, April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Westlake Chemical (NYSE: WLK) today announced that it has named Joseph B. Nassif as Vice President, Corporate Purchasing.

In his new position, Nassif will direct the corporate-wide procurement activities in support of the business to include maintenance, repairs, operations, capital expenditures and administrative purchasing. His responsibilities also include the development and analysis of strategic procurement processes and opportunities for our business.

"We are delighted that Joe has joined our management team and believe his 20 plus years of chemical industry experience in supply chain, operating and financial management give him the ideal background to make an immediate and positive impact on our business," said Albert Chao, President and CEO of Westlake Chemical Corporation.

Nassif most recently was a Principal Consultant with Genesis Business Performance Inc., where he provided supply chain, strategic planning and business analysis consulting services to the chemical industry. He previously served as COO of Lipo Chemicals, Inc., Vice President and Business Director and Vice President Operations and Supply Chain for the chemicals and filters division of International Specialty Products, Inc. (ISP). For over 10 years Joe worked for BASF in a variety of increasingly responsible positions in logistics, procurement and finance.

He holds a BS in chemistry from City University of New York, an MS in Chemical Engineering from Columbia and an MBA from NYU.

Westlake Chemical Corporation is a manufacturer and supplier of petrochemicals, polymers and fabricated products with headquarters in Houston, Texas. The company's range of products includes: ethylene, polyethylene, styrene, vinyl intermediates, PVC and PVC pipe, windows and fence. For more information, visit the company's Web site at http://www.westlakechemical.com .

SOURCE Westlake Chemical
04/06/2005
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