Dan F. Smith is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Lyondell Chemical Company and serves as chair of its Executive Committee.
Smith began his career with ARCO (Atlantic Richfield Company) in 1968 as an engineer. From 1969 to 1973, he served in the United States Air Force. After returning from military duty, Smith held various jobs with ARCO at the division and headquarters levels before being named in 1984 as vice president, Planning and Control, for ARCO Metals Company.
When Lyondell was formed as a division of ARCO in April 1985, Smith was named vice president, Control and Administration. He directed Lyondell’s manufacturing operations from August 1985 to October 1988 as vice president, and later senior vice president, of Manufacturing. Smith was named executive vice president and chief financial officer in October 1988 shortly before Lyondell became a public company. At the same time, he was named a director of the company.
Smith became vice president, Corporate Planning, for ARCO in Los Angeles in October 1991. He returned to Lyondell in May 1993 as executive vice president and chief operating officer and was named president in August 1994. He was elected chief executive officer in December 1996. He was elected chairman effective May 3, 2007.
Since 1997, Smith also has served as chief executive officer of Equistar Chemicals, LP, and since Dec. 1, 2004, he has served as the chief executive officer of Millennium Chemicals Inc. Equistar and Millennium are wholly owned subsidiaries of Lyondell.
In addition to the Lyondell board, Smith serves on the board of directors of Cooper Industries. He also serves as a member of the College of Engineering Advisory Council at Lamar University.
Smith is a graduate of Lamar University with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering.