Covestro CEO Dr. Markus Steilemann Featured in Newsletter

The Global CO2 Initiative interviews in its partner profile a visionary and very active leader

“My north star is the Covestro vision of making the world a brighter place. This applies to conserving our environment and creating a sustainable economic order that unites value creation and wellbeing. And… we need fair, integrative societies that are more just, more tolerant and more cohesive.”

A visionary and very active leader, Dr. Steilemann is CEO of Covestro, a multinational global polymer companies located in Leverkusen Germany. Covestro is a driver of the circular economy and working on transforming its entire production from fossil to alternative raw materials based on renewable carbon. Steilemann, who holds a Chemistry PhD, is also the President of PlasticsEurope, the association of plastics manufacturers in Europe as well as a Vice President of the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) and has numerous other functions.

How did you initially become interested in your field?

When I was a little boy I had a cosy blanket made with a synthetic fiber from Bayer, and I imagined it would be great to work for such a nice company when I was grown up. Later, I indeed studied chemistry and economics, aiming at having a job at the interface of natural science and management. And, it came true.

You are the CEO & Chairman of the Board of Management at Covestro, President of Plastics Europe, as well as a prolific author and speaker in multiple languages. How do you do it all?

And, a husband and father of two… To be honest, it takes a great deal of discipline and commitment. I’m burning to help create a truly sustainable world with technological innovation and the power of superior materials like plastics. This gives me the energy I need.

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Global CO2 Initiative, press release, 2021-12-08.