NOVA Chemicals Announces Business Leadership Appointments

Pittsburgh, PA (February 10, 2011) — NOVA Chemicals announced today that Chris Bezaire is promoted to the new role of Senior Vice President, Polyethylene.  In related moves, John Hotz is appointed to the role of Vice President, Corporate Strategy and John Siegrist is named Vice President, Sales.

“These announcements support NOVA Chemicals’ market focus strategy and our commitment to pursue sustainable leadership in the markets we serve,” said Randy Woelfel, Chief Executive Officer.  

Bezaire will be responsible for the financial performance of NOVA Chemicals’ polyethylene business.  He will develop a market-focused workforce that is firmly integrated with all functions that support our customers.  Bezaire has broad experience in sales, marketing, manufacturing and corporate leadership; and joined NOVA Chemicals in 1994 after working for DuPont Canada’s SCLAIR polyethylene business.  

In his new position, John Hotz will oversee NOVA Chemicals’ corporate development strategy, including initiatives in our olefins and polyethylene businesses.  He will work closely with the Company’s executive team to shape the future of NOVA Chemicals under the ownership of International Petrochemical Investment Company (IPIC).  Hotz joined NOVA Chemicals in 2000, after a lengthy career with Equistar Chemical and related companies.

John Siegrist will continue to be responsible for NOVA Chemicals’ North American polyethylene sales, and will now also oversee export sales and the customer service function.  Siegrist joined NOVA Chemicals in 1989 after working for the Quantum USI Division.


About NOVA Chemicals

NOVA Chemicals develops and manufactures chemicals, plastic resins and end-products that make everyday life safer, healthier and easier. Our employees work to ensure health, safety, security and environmental stewardship through our commitment to sustainability and Responsible Care®. NOVA Chemicals, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Visit NOVA Chemicals on the Internet at

Media inquiries please contact:
Wendy Lomicka, Director, Corporate Communications
Phone: 412.490.4292

Responsible Care® is a registered trademark of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) in Canada and is a registered service mark of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) in the United States.