Jeffrey Kaplan

Chief Legal Officer, Secretary & Executive Vice President at LyondellBasell Industries NV

Jeffrey Kaplan

Jeffrey Kaplan

Chief Legal Officer, Secretary & Executive Vice President at LyondellBasell Industries NV


Jeffrey Kaplan is executive vice president for legal and public affairs at LyondellBasell, one of the world’s largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies.

Kaplan joined LyondellBasell in 2009 as deputy general counsel and became general counsel in 2015. Prior to joining the company, he served in a variety of leadership roles at Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, including deputy general counsel. Previously, he was in private law practice in Houston, Texas.

Kaplan was elected to the American Law Institute (ALI) in 2019. He is a former chairman of the Texas General Counsel Forum and former director of the Houston Bar Foundation. He is a life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the Houston Bar Foundation.

Kaplan earned a bachelor of science from Amherst College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law.

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Director & Chief Executive Officer at LyondellBasell Industries NV

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Director, Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President at A. Schulman, Inc.

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Executive Vice President, Global Manufacturing, Projects & Refining at LyondellBasell Industries NV

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Senior Vice President, Global Intermediates & Derivatives at LyondellBasell Industries NV

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President & Director at General Counsel Forum

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Chief Legal Counsel at General Motors Company

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Former President & Chief Executive Officer at Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LLC

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Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at LyondellBasell Industries NV

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Secretary, Vice President & General Counsel at Lyondell Chemical Company

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Chief Legal Officer, Secretary & Executive Vice President at LyondellBasell Industries NV

Amherst College educates men and women of exceptional potential from all backgrounds so that they may seek, value, and advance knowledge, engage the world around them, and lead principled lives of consequence. Amherst brings together the most promising students, whatever their financial need, in order to promote diversity of experience and ideas within a purposefully small residential community. Working with faculty, staff, and administrators dedicated to intellectual freedom and the highest standards of instruction in the liberal arts, Amherst undergraduates assume substantial responsibility for undertaking inquiry and for shaping their education within and beyond the curriculum. Amherst College is committed to learning through close colloquy and to expanding the realm of knowledge through scholarly research and artistic creation at the highest level. Its graduates link learning with leadership—in service to the College, to their communities, and to the world beyond.

The University of Texas School of Law began as the University of Texas at Austin's Department of Law when the University was founded in 1883. The Law School started with two professors and fifty-two students in the basement of the University's Old Main Building. The Law School has since grown to more than 1,200 students and offers the Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) and the Master of Laws (LLM). The School of Law is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and is approved by the American Bar Association.

Career History
Chief Legal Officer, Secretary & Executive Vice President
2009 - Current

LyondellBasell Industries NV operates as an independent chemical company, which engages in the refinery and production of plastic resins and other chemicals. It operates through the following segments: Olefins and Polyolefins-Americas; Olefins and Polyolefins-Europe, Asia, International, Intermediates and Derivatives; Advanced Polymer Solutions; Refining; and Technology. The Olefins and Polyolefins-Americas segment produces and markets olefins which include ethylene and ethylene co-products, and polyolefins. The Olefins and Polyolefins-Europe, Asia, International segment offers olefins including ethylene and ethylene co-products, polyolefins and polypropylene compounds. The Intermediates and Derivatives segment makes propylene oxide and its co-products and derivatives, acetyls, and oxygenated fuels. The Advanced Polymer Solutions segment produces and markets compounding and solutions, such as polypropylene compounds, engineered plastics, masterbatches, colors and powders, engineered composites and advanced polymers, which includes Catalloy and polybutene-1. The Refining segment supply gasoline and diesel fuel. The Technology segment develops chemical and polyolefin process technologies and manufactures and sells polyolefin catalysts. The company was founded in December 2007 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

Deputy General Counsel
2001 - 2009

Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LLC produces olefins, polyolefin, aromatics, alpha olefins, styrenics and specialty chemicals. Its products include aromatics, K-Resin SBC, normal alpha olefins, olefins, performance pipe, polyalphaolefins, polyethylene and speciality chemicals. The company was founded on July 01, 2000 and is headquartered in Woodlands, TX.

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In 1997, Roland Castañeda left the private practice of law to be the general counsel of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Authority (DART). Though his years of practice had prepared him as a lawyer, he had received little education and training in leading and managing a large legal department. In the fall of 1997, he met with one of his Dallas outside counsel, Forrest Smith (partner with the Dallas firm of Bell Nunnally & Martin), and discussed starting an organization in which legal best practices could be shared between in-house leadership in corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies. Forrest believed that busy general counsel would not take the time to meet with other general counsel for general networking and to discuss best practices. Roland deferred the idea, but it continued to gnaw at him. In a few months he was talking with Forrest again about the idea and Forrest suggested vetting it with several of Forrest’s general counsel clients. They met with Tom Everhart (Raytheon), Keith McDole (GC, Occidental Chemical), Rod Miller (GC, Southern Baptist Annuity Board), Ron Taylor (GC, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas), and Terry Taylor (GC, ClubCorp). Roland outlined his proposal and the other general counsel thought it was a terrific idea. Forrest offered to provide the initial funding to pay the expenses required to set up the organization and in the fall of 1998, the Dallas-Fort Worth General Counsel Management Practices Forum (“DFWGCMPF”) was founded.

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Houston Bar Foundation was established in 1982 as a charitable arm of the Houston Bar Association. Since that time, the Foundation has supported programs that help provide legal representation to the indigent, promote community understanding of our legal system and foster the administration of justice. Through the generosity of its many contributors, the Foundation has been able to make a difference in the greater Houston community.

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