2018 Petrochemical Award Honoree




Gary K. Adams is the former president, CEO, and chairman of the board of Chemical Market Associates Inc. (CMAI). He started his chemical industry career with Union Carbide in 1975. After 15 years in plant and corporate roles of increasing responsibility, Adams joined CMAI. He directed CMAI’s global activities from 1997 until its acquisition by IHS in 2011, becoming the chief adviser of chemicals for IHS (now IHSMarkit).

During more than 40 years of service in the petrochemical industry, Adams’s various positions had him either directly engaged in the sourcing and transportation of hydrocarbon-based products or tasked with becoming a recognized global expert on the sector’s complete value chain. As a result he traveled extensively, visiting centers of chemical production and consumption around the world. The combination of experience and exposure to numerous industry participants gave Adams a keen awareness of key drivers for success in the chemical industry value chain and of the potential benefit of synergies obtained from the development and execution of strategic plans and global growth strategies. Adams is known for his in-depth analysis and thought-provoking presentations of future industry dynamics to forums around the globe.

In his role as CEO of CMAI, Adams became a visible advocate for the petrochemical industry as a whole and often engaged in opportunities to present an independent, third-party viewpoint to government and private-sector audiences regarding the clear benefits that the chemical industry brings to society.

Adams is a member of the board of directors for Phillips 66, where he serves on the human resources and compensation and public policy committees. He is also a director of Trecora Resources and previously served on the boards of Westlake Chemical Partners from 2014 to 2016 and Phillips 66 Partners from 2013 to 2016.



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