Kurt Aerts

Vice President, Global Specialty Elastomers & Butyl


Kurt Aerts, Vice President, ExxonMobil Chemical, is a major contributor to ExxonMobil’s highly regarded Outlook for Energy: Journey to 2040, published annually by the world’s largest publically traded energy company.  As Vice President of the Specialty Elastomers & Butyl business, of which 90% of its products are used in automotive applications, his insights and vision are key to current and future megatrends in the automotive and transportation markets.  Transportation is one of the areas analyzed annually by ExxonMobil, giving its long-term view on energy supply and demand.

Prior to his 2015 appointment to his current role, Mr. Aerts held several leadership roles across Asia-Pacific, Europe and the United States during his 25-year career with ExxonMobil. He was previously vice president of ExxonMobil Chemicals’ global supply chain operations from 2013-2015 and before that was vice president of the global adhesion industry business from 2011-2013.

In January 2006, Mr. Aerts and his family moved to Shanghai where he served as Asia Pacific regional polyolefins sales manager. During his time in China, he was instrumental in recruiting and assimilation of new hires and supported the Shanghai Technology Center project. He returned to Houston in 2009 as a senior planning advisor, having served previously as polyethylene (PE) market planner at the European headquarters in Brussels.

From 1998 to 2001, he served as a feedstock coordinator, later assuming the role of feedstock and supply manager for Basic Chemicals in Europe. He has held various roles in PE sales, business planning and marketing in the Netherlands, Houston and Belgium.

Mr. Aerts received a master’s degree in chemical engineering from University of Leuven in Belgium. He is married with two daughters and enjoys spending time with family, traveling, exercising and reading.