Low-cost and sustainable chemical operations

Richard Ott

Houston, Texas, U.S.A.


Director since December 12, 2012


  • Human Resources and Compensation
  • Responsible Care® and Public Policy


Mr. Ott is a retired Vice President, Human Resources and Information Technology at Kraton Performance Polymers Inc., located in Houston, Texas. He has 36 years of experience in the industrial and specialty chemical businesses, both regionally and internationally. During his tenure at Kraton, he previously held the position of Vice President of Operations, with facilities in North America, Europe, South America, and Asia. Mr. Ott served during the carveout of the Elastomers business from Shell Chemical Company in 2001, private equity ownership, and the subsequent IPO of the Company in Dec 2009. As a public company today, Kraton is a leading global producer of engineered polymers. As a senior manager with Shell Chemical Company, Mr. Ott held various positions in manufacturing and supply chain, organizational development, sales, and strategic planning.

Mr. Ott holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University.