Crist will be responsible for driving profitable growth and customer service for PolyOne’s $1.1 billion distribution business. PolyOne distributes a diverse portfolio of engineering and commodity grade polymers on behalf of its world-class suppliers in North America, Asia and Central America.
Crist joined PolyOne in 2008 as a global commercial director. He was later promoted to vice president, key account management, where he was responsible for building and growing PolyOne’s largest multinational customer relationships. He also served as vice president of Asia, while based in Shanghai, where he led PolyOne’s growth in the region to unprecedented levels in 2013.
Prior to PolyOne, Mr. Crist spent 20 years with Nalco Chemical Company, serving in various sales, marketing and general manager roles focused on specialty markets in Europe and North America. He earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial management from Purdue University in Lafayette, IN.
“Mark is an established, successful, and trusted business leader among our customers and within PolyOne,” said Robert M. Patterson, president and CEO, PolyOne Corporation. “He has global experience and a proven ability to deliver results, and I look forward to him continuing his track record of performance and growth as he leads our distribution business.
“At the same time, I am equally pleased that Kurt will now focus on serving PolyOne’s largest and global customers as the leader of our key account team. He will be responsible for driving collaboration across all of our business units to best serve multinational accounts,” added Patterson.