Wayne T. Smith has been a member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE since 2012, and the CEO of BASF Corporation since 2015.
Mr. Smith began his career at BASF in 2004 as Group Vice President for the Regional Intermediates Business Unit in the United States. In 2006, he was named President of the Catalysts division and Executive Vice President of BASF Corporation. He became President of the company’s Polyurethanes division in Brussels, Belgium, in 2010 and was appointed to the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE in 2012. In addition to his role as CEO and Chairman of BASF Corporation, Mr. Smith has global responsibility for the Catalysts, Coatings, and Performance Materials divisions.
Mr. Smith was born in Rochester, New York. He received a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University and holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is married and has two children.