Leadership​

 

Todd Karran
President, CEO

Todd Karran is the President and Chief Executive Officer. He is also a member of the Board of Directors. He has more than 30 years of experience - joining NOVA Chemicals in 1985. Todd held various leadership positions within NOVA Chemicals Corporation including Chief Financial Officer, Vice President, Corporate Development & Treasurer; Chief Information Officer; Vice President, Applications; and Vice President and Controller, Olefins/Polyolefins.

Julie Beck
Senior Vice President, CFO

Julie joined NOVA Chemicals in 2016 as SVP and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that, Julie was Joy Global's Vice President of Supply Chain, Quality and JBS Operational Excellence and started her career there in 2008 as the Vice President, Finance and divisional Chief Financial Officer for Joy Global's Underground Mining segment- a position she held for seven years.

Prior to joining Joy Global, Julie was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Journal Register Company, a publicly traded company operating over 20 daily newspapers, 300 non-daily publications and 200 websites. Prior to her position at Journal Register Company, Julie was Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Norwood Promotional Products, Inc. From September 1999 to September 2003 she was Vice President of Finance for the Inland Paperboard and Packaging subsidiary of Temple-Inland, Inc. From March of 1986 to September of 1999, she was with Rockwell Corporation in a series of positions of increasing responsibility, lastly as Director of Finance, Rockwell Automation. Julie started her professional career with Deloitte.

Julie is a Certified Public Accountant, and graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor in Business Administration degree in Accounting. Julie currently sits on the Board of Directors of Invacare Corporation (NYSE INV) on their Audit and Governance Committees. Julie has been a director of Hilb Rogal & Hobbs (NYSE:HRH) and Wolverine Tube (NYSE:WLV) serving on their respective Audit Committees. Julie is a member of American Institute of CPAs and the Financial Executives Institute. She has also been the guest speaker at women’s leadership conferences and high schools (including her son’s) and a guest lecturer at Princeton University and Butler University’s School of Business. Julie has served on a number of other not-for-profit boards, including the Leukemia Society of America, Children’s Bureau of Indianapolis, Inc., Ballet Internationale and Central Indiana Dance Ensemble.

John Thayer
Senior Vice President, Polyethylene Business

After working at Weyerhaeuser Company, John joined NOVA Chemicals in 1997 and has held numerous positions in Human Resources, Operations and Site Leadership, Global Business Director, and General Manager – most recently serving as Director, Polyethylene (PE) Marketing at NOVA’s U.S. Commercial Center.

Along with his diverse work background, John has been involved with several industry associations where he has been an advocate for the value of plastics. This includes being a committee member with the American Chemistry Council’s Plastic Food Service and packaging Group, Treasurer and Board member of the Expandable Polystyrene Industry Alliance, and Chairman of Beaver County Chamber of Commerce.

Born and raised in Oakland, Maryland, John brings over 25 years of industry experience to his role as NOVA Chemicals’ Senior Vice President (SVP), PE. He graduated from West Virginia University with a Master of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations and possesses extensive manufacturing and business leadership experience.

Arnel Santos
Senior Vice President, Operations

Arnel joined NOVA Chemicals in 2016 as SVP, Operations. Prior to that, Arnel served as Regional Vice President, Manufacturing, South Eastern Asia for Shell Eastern Petroleum Limited.

Arnel started his career with Shell in 1991 as a Technologist at Shell’s Tabangao Refinery, then moving to various leadership roles in oil movements, economics and scheduling and process unit start-ups. Later he worked on heavy crude upgrading technology with Shell’s Global Solutions division. From there, Arnel moved to the Pulau Bukom Refinery where he contributed in both technology and operational roles, before returning to Global Solutions to lead the Distillation, Thermal Conversion and Light Ends technology delivery group. Arnel became General Manager of the Tabangao Refinery in 2009.

In 2012, he assumed the role of General Manager for the Scotford Upgrader in Upstream Americas' Heavy Oil business, located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In 2013, he was appointed Regional Vice President, Manufacturing, South Eastern Asia, based in Singapore. In addition, Arnel has served on several Boards of Directors in the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

Rocky Vermani
Senior Vice President, Olefins & Feedstock

Rocky started his career with NOVA Chemicals in 1994, in Sarnia, Ontario after working for DuPont Canada. He has worked in multiple geographies and functions including technology, manufacturing, licensing and polymer sales and marketing, spending time at NOVA Chemicals’ offices in Fribourg, Switzerland and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania before moving to Calgary in 2011 to lead NOVA Chemicals’ ethylene business. From 2014-2016, Vermani led NOVA Chemicals’ olefins products business as vice president of olefins products. From 2016 to his promotion to senior vice president, olefins and feedstock, he served as vice president, olefins feedstock – overseeing the commercial aspects of securing reliable feedstock supply for each of our olefins production assets.

Naushad Jamani
Senior Vice President

Naushad joined NOVA Chemicals in 1980 after graduating from the University of Waterloo. Prior to his appointment to the Management Team, he served as the Vice President, Olefins Commercial.