Crew succeeds Brian Gladden, who Sabic says left the company to pursue other opportunities.

Prior to taking up the new post, Crew was vice-president and general manager of Sabic Innovative Plastics’ global ventures business.

Previously known as GE Plastics, Sabic Innovative Plastics was bought last year by Sabic for $11.6bn in one of the largest acquisition deals made by a Middle East company (MEED 24:7:07).

Based in Massachusetts in the US, Sabic Innovative Plastics produces a range of plastic resins used in automotive, healthcare, consumer electronics, transportation, performance packaging, building and construction, telecommunications, and optical media applications.

In 2006, it made profits of $674m from revenues of $6.64bn.

Riyadh-based Sabic is one of the world’s largest chemicals companies. In 2007 it recorded profits of $7.2bn from revenues of $33.7bn due largely to its low-cost gas feedstock base.