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Robert E. Kennedy is currently working in his own consulting firm, R.E. Kennedy and Associates, which he founded in 2002. He has previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Resinate Corporation, a developer and licensor of software technology, which provides technical and commercial decision/support tools and solutions to the plastics industry. Mr. Kennedy joined Resinate Corp. in late 2000 after helping Chevron Chemical put together their merger with Phillips Chemical.

Kennedy was born and raised in Keokuk, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Following graduation, Mr. Kennedy joined a division of R.J. Reynolds, Inc. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and began his career in January 1968 as a Process/Product Development Engineer. He was drafted by the U.S. Army and spent two years working as a Chemical Engineering Specialist in a Biologics Research group at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, D.C. While in Washington, Mr. Kennedy attended American University's MBA program. In 1997 he attended the Stanford Executive program.

In 1970 Mr. Kennedy joined the Chemical Marketing department of Gulf Oil in Houston, Texas. He worked in several positions of increasing responsibility from Sales, Product Management, Strategic Planning, International Business and Business Center Management. Mr. Kennedy became Petrochemicals Marketing Manager for Gulf Oil Products Company in 1983 with commercial responsibility for their Olefins and Aromatics products.

With the merger of Gulf and Chevron in 1985, Mr. Kennedy was appointed as Manager of Supply, Distribution and Pipeline Operations for the Olefins Division of Chevron Chemical Company. Two years later he was promoted to Marketing/Commercial Manager of Chevron's Fertilizer Division in San Ramon, CA.

In 1989 he became General Manager of Specialty Chemicals for Chevron. He was selected to form an International Business Development group in 1990. Their first international project was an Aromatics complex in Saudi Arabia, which came on-stream in late 1999.

In mid 1991 Mr. Kennedy was transferred back to Houston as Global Marketing Manager for their Aromatics & Derivatives Division. He was promoted to General Manager of Olefins in late 1995. Mr. Kennedy was responsible for all commercial and technical aspects of the business including sales/marketing, raw materials supply, pipe/logistics and research and development as well as directing the activities at their two largest plants at Cedar Bayou and Port Arthur, Texas.

From 1999 to 2000 he worked as Chevron Chemical's General Manager for Supply, Logistics and Procurement. In this position, Mr. Kennedy had responsibility for all supply chain activities including global procurement, logistics, chemical pipeline operations and terminals, the rail and marine centers and customer services and distribution.

Mr. Kennedy is a past Chairman of the Marketing Division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. In addition, he is a past Chairman of the Styrene Information and Research Center, has served as Chairman of the Petrochemicals Committee and V.P. of the Executive Committee of the National Petrochemicals and Refining Association (NPRA).

Mr. Kennedy and his wife, Donna, are residents of Houston, Texas and have one daughter and one son, both of whom have become engineers. His hobbies include tennis, racquetball and golf.

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