Paul Waterman

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Lynn Paul Waterman
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Born (1964-07-24) July 24, 1964 (age 54)
OccupationBusinessman, CEO
Known forCEO Elementis, CEO BP Castrol, CEO BP Australasia

Lynn Paul Waterman, usually known as Paul Waterman (born July 24, 1964), is an American businessman and the Chief Executive Officer of Elementis Plc. Paul was Global CEO of BP Lubricants, a part of the BP Group. Paul joined Castrol in 1994 eventually becoming CEO of BP Lubricants Americas in 2007 and later moving to CEO of BP Global Aviation, Industrial Marine & Energy Lubricant businesses. From there Paul took on the role of Chief Executive of BP Australasia & Country President, BP Australia and from 2012 spent his final years in BP as CEO of BP Lubricants.[1] Paul has a B. Sc. Degree in Packaging Engineering from Michigan State University and a MBA from Stern School of Business.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Waterman was born in Livonia, Michigan to parents Lynn Paul II and Linda Crider. In 1982, Paul graduated from Redford Union High School in suburban Detroit. He received a Bachelor of Science in Packaging Engineering from Michigan State University in 1987. During his time at MSU Paul was a member of the fraternity Delta Chi. In 1995 Waterman was awarded an MBA in Finance/International Business from Stern School of Business, New York University

Early career[edit]

Waterman began his career in consumer marketing in 1987, holding brand management roles at Reckitt Benckiser and Kraft Foods.

Waterman joined Castrol in 1994, taking on marketing, retail and Vice president roles.[3] He latterly integrated into BP after it acquired Burmah-Castrol in 2000.

In 2005 Waterman became the incident Crisis Manager after the BP Texas City refinery explosion. Waterman coordinated BP response to the industrial accident which killed 15 employees and injured 170 others.[4]

In 2006, he returned to the BP Lubricants Americas as U.S. General Manager, and in May 2007 was promoted to Chief Executive for BP Lubricants Americas.,[5] assuming full responsibility for the company’s lubricants business across North and South America. He subsequently took up the role of CEO Castrol Global Aviation, Marine, Industrial & Energy Lubricants

BP Australasia[edit]

In 2010 Waterman relocated to Melbourne, Australia to take up roles as Chief Executive BP Australasia & Country President, BP Australia[6] In addition to his BP role, Waterman was appointed Chairman of the Australian Institute of Petroleum [7] in 2012

During his time in Australia Waterman became a speaker in the industry on the rising cost of doing business in Australia[8][9][10][11]

"AUSTRALIA is becoming an increasingly expensive place to do business resulting in almost every investment decision being a close call, a leading oil executive has warned. BP Australasia president Paul Waterman said the cost of doing business would have to go down or Australia would lose out

In 2011 whilst in his role as CEO there were market rumours that Waterman was being targeted by Australia’s second-largest oil and gas producer - Woodside - for the role of CEO [12]

Later BP career: Castrol[edit]

In July 2012 Waterman was appointed Global Chief Executive of BP Lubricants and led the company through a period of growth.[13]

During his tenure as CEO, Waterman fronted a new joint venture with TechSolve, a specialized US-based manufacturing consultancy. The new entity, OPTIS,[14] develops technology and services to enable manufacturers of machined parts to improve efficiency in their operations and across the supply chain.

Two years later Waterman announced his resignation from BP to take up the position of Group Chief Executive of Elementis Plc a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. It was announced on the London Stock Exchange [15][16]

Later career: Elementis Plc[edit]

Following his years at BP, Waterman took up the role of Group CEO and President of Elementis Plc, a UK based chemicals production company. Waterman has led the company through a period of share growth - taking the share from £2.11 at his start date to crossing the £3 mark for the first time since June 2015 on 10 February 2017.[17]

Within the first year of his leadership of the chemicals company, in a bid to grow the company's personal care and cosmetics business, Waterman acquired SummitReheis, an antiperspirant ingredient supplier for US$360 million.[18] SummitReheis manufactures and distributes antiperspirant chemicals for deodorants and dental products, a $13Bn industry [19] [20]

"“Chief executive officer Paul Waterman said: The group is well positioned to capitalise on this acquisition through the enhanced geographic footprint and strong customer relationships that it brings. Together with our existing business, the acquisition of SummitReheis is transformative for our personal care business, creating a substantial, high return platform that will help accelerate our Growth strategy.”

The deal was received positively by the capital markets "Market Cheers US Acquisition By Elementis" [21] [22] and was reported by the cosmetics industry.[23]

On 27 February 2018 Elementis reported operating profit up 32% and revenues up 26%, taking the share price up by 43% under Watermans tenure. CNBC report Elementis up 26%

On 23 October 2018 Elementis acquired Mondo Minerals from U.S. private equity firm Advent International for an enterprise value of $500 million, funded by a rights issue. Mondo Minerals makes industrial talc additives used to strengthen plastics, provide corrosion resistance to coatings, an oxygen barrier to food packaging and UV protection to cosmetics. [24]

Personal life[edit]

Waterman has two children: Elyse and Andrew John


  1. ^ "Paul Waterman Profile". Bloomberg. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Elementis Taps BP Lubricants'Waterman To Succeed Dutro". Fuels and Lubes. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  3. ^ "New BP Lubricants CEO to oversee business in the Americas". Truck News. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  4. ^ "BP Australia Sustainability Report 2011/12" (PDF). BP. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  5. ^ "BP Lubricants USA Inc. Promotes Waterman to Chief Executive". BusinessWire. Retrieved April 18, 2007.
  6. ^ "BP Australia announces new country president". BP Group. 13 August 2010.
  7. ^ "Membership Directory" (PDF). World petroleum council. December 2014.
  8. ^ "Looking at The future of gas - Paul Waterman". Gas Today. Feb 2013.
  9. ^ "Rising costs could hit energy sector warns BP Australasia president Paul Waterman". Herald Sun, Australia. Oct 2012.
  10. ^ "rising-costs-could-hit-energy-sector-warns-bp-australasia-president-paul-waterman". Herald Sun, Australia. 2014.
  11. ^ "oil-giant-tackles-challenge-of-growth". The Australian.
  12. ^ Paton, James (February 3, 2011). "Woodside May Target LNG Partners in Pursuit of New CEO". Bloomberg Business.
  13. ^ "Castrol Names Paul Waterman New CEO". OEM / Lube news. July 2013.
  14. ^ "Castrol launches landmark joint venture with TechSolve". Techsolve. October 2014.
  15. ^ "Elementis appoints Paul Waterman as Chief Executive". London Stock Exchange. Retrieved October 2015. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  16. ^ "Elementis Appoints Paul Waterman As Chief Executive-Designate". Morningstar. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  17. ^ "Market Report". The Daily Express. February 2017.
  18. ^ "Elementis announces Personal Care acquisition". The London Stock Exchange. February 2017.
  19. ^ "Market report: M&A dominates the news". Shares Magazine. February 2017.
  20. ^ "Elementis to buy specialty chemicals platform SummitReheis". Digital Look Web Financial Group. February 2017.
  21. ^ "Market report: Market Cheers US Acquisition By Elementis". LONDON MARKET OPEN. February 2017.
  22. ^ "Market report: Dental deal puts smile on Elementis' face as chemical firm reveals plan to expand its personal care business". This is money. February 2017.
  23. ^ "Market report: Elementis to grow personal care business with acquisition of SummitReheis for US$360 million". Global Cosmetics News. February 2017.
  24. ^ "Elementis to pay less for Mondo after investor backlash". October 2018.

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