Dr. Bob Maughon is the Executive Vice President, Sustainability, Technology & Innovation, and Chief Technology and Sustainability Officer for SABIC. He oversees SABIC’s 20 research centers around the world. Additionally, Dr. Maughon has responsibility for Corporate Sustainability, Product Stewardship, Technology Licensing, and Technology Ventures.
Dr. Maughon joined SABIC after a 21-year career at Dow, where he most recently served from 2013-2019 as the R&D vice president for Packaging & Specialty Plastics and Hydrocarbons at Dow. Bob began his career with Dow in 1998, working in the Central Research laboratories on a variety of programs ranging from heterogeneous hydrogenation catalysis, ring-opening polymerization, homogeneous catalysis, and alternative feedstocks. In 2006, he was named the director of Inorganic Chemistry & Catalysis, where he was responsible for leading inorganic chemistry, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, and high-throughput research with responsibilities for the development of new technologies for chemical and renewable feedstocks and advantaged catalytic processes. From 2008-2010, he served as the lead R&D director for the Hydrocarbons and Energy Business, and from 2010-2013, he served as the R&D director for Dow Pharma & Food Solutions in the Functional Materials Business Group.
Bob serves as a board member of the University of Michigan Engineering Leadership Advisory Board and the AspenTech Executive Advisory Board.
He holds nine US patents and has numerous publications and presentations at external conferences.
Bob earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Rice University in 1993 and his doctorate in Organic Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1998.