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Crew to retire from SABIC Innovative Plastics

Charlie Crew will retire SABIC Innovative Plastics effective Jan. 1 after more than 34 years with the company and its forerunners, starting with the former GE Plastics in 1977. He will be replaced as executive vice president in the Americas region by Keith J. Smith, formerly of DuPont.

Charlie Crew will retire SABIC Innovative Plastics effective Jan. 1 after more than 34 years with the company and its forerunners, starting with the former GE Plastics in 1977. He will be replaced as executive vice president in the Americas region by Keith J. Smith, formerly of DuPont.

Charlie Crew
Charlie Crew (top) will step down from SABIC Innovative Plastics effective Jan. 1 and be replaced by ex-DuPont executive, Keith Smith.
Keith Smith
After graduating with a bachelor's degree in marketing from Villanova University, Crew joined joined GE Plastics in 1977 as an account manager. In 1994 he was named vice president and general manager of Americas' Commercial Operations for GE Plastics.

He then moved to the Netherlands to lead GE Plastics' European business and later returned to the U.S. as president and chief executive officer of LNP Engineering Plastics when GE acquired that business.

He next served as vice president of the ABS business, before becoming vice president of Global Ventures and leading the sale of GE Plastics to Saudi Arabian petrochemicals giant, SABIC. He was appointed to his current position of SABIC Executive Vice President leading the Innovative Plastics business in March 2008.

A graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with bachelor's and master's degrees in Chemical Engineering, Smith joined DuPont in 1980. His most recent position with the company was vice president, Sourcing and Logistics. Prior to this, he was vice president and general manager, DuPont Engineering Polymers.

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