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J  Rick Fontenot

J Rick Fontenot

Lyondell Chemical Company

Vice President


Rick Fontenot has received his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University in 1974. He has 35 years of experience in the Petrochemical, Refining, and Polyolefins industries. Rick Fontenot was a Vice President for Lyondell Chemical Company in various capacities from 1996 until his retirement in 2008. During his career with Lyondell and predecessor companies, he has worked in Process Engineering, Production Management, R&D Management, Project Engineering, Process Optimization, and Technology Licensing. Rick was named a Louisiana Tech Distinguished Alumnus in Chemical Engineering in 2011.


History of feedslates for the industry.
The emergence of low-cost hydrocarbon sources and the impact on the industry.
The Shale Boom and its effect on global competitive economics.