Keynote Breakfast: Nuclear Energy – A Paradigm Shift for the Chemical Industry

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Keynote Breakfast: Nuclear Energy – A Paradigm Shift for the Chemical Industry

Tuesday, 12 September
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A fireside chat focusing on the joint development agreement between X-Energy and Dow to implement and demonstrate the first advanced small modular nuclear reactor project for an industrial site in North America.

  • A high-level overview of the X-Energy small modular nuclear reactor technology
  • How Dow and X-Energy connected and materialized the Seadrift site opportunity
  • Where else does the technology apply and how will it impact the chemical industry

The exploration of the development and opportunity to further reduce emissions in the energy-intensive industrial sector will present a picture of expectations for the future of the global chemical industry.

Kreshka Young, North America Business Director, Energy & Climate, Dow Chemical
Marcy Sanderson, Vice President, X-Energy

Moderator: Dewey Johnson, Sr. Vice President, Global Base Chemicals Insight, Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Session Speakers

Kreshka Young North America Business Director, Energy & Climate Dow Chemical

Kreshka Young is Dow’s North America Business Director for Energy & Climate. In this role she is responsible for developing and implementing competitive and reliable energy and climate change strategies for Dow’s manufacturing sites across North America, and for implementing strategic investments and business models to preserve Dow’s competitiveness through the energy transition.  In addition, she leads Dow’s effort to implement a small modular nuclear reactor project at a USGC facility by approximately 2030. Kreshka holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the University of Calgary.

Marcy Sanderson Vice President X - Energy

Dewey Johnson Senior Vice President, Global Head of Chemical Market Analytics Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Dewey Johnson is Senior Vice President & Global Lead of Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS, a Dow Jones Company (“Chemical Market Analytics”). IHS Markit Global LLC (“IHS Markit”) was acquired by S&P Global in February 2022. As part of the merger, IHS Markit Base Chemicals was spun off and separately acquired by Dow Jones and renamed “Chemical Market Analytics” in June 2022. Dewey is responsible for the global business, including insight and research covering the major chemical value chains including Aromatics and Fibers, Olefins and Derivatives, Inorganics (chlor-alkali, vinyls, and soda ash), Plastics and Polymers, and Syngas Chemicals (methanol, acetyls, and ammonia). Dewey is based in Houston. Prior to Chemical Market Analytics, Dewey joined IHS Markit (through legacy CMAI) in 2009. His experience in the petrochemical industry covers all aspects of the business- financial, commercial, operations, research, strategy design and business planning, business development, as well as consultancy. Prior to IHS Markit, he was with Eastman Chemical Company, where he spent more than 25 years in strategic and commercial roles with various business groups and corporate functions. Dewey held management positions in commercial development, global sourcing, P&L for key businesses, market development, and market & strategic analysis of chemical markets and businesses. Dewey has led multiple complex engagements in strategy development and execution, global sourcing of Aromatics & olefins derivatives and industrial gases, business simulation & game theory and dynamic modeling, sales/ marketing, and business development. Dewey received BS and MS engineering degrees from Tennessee Technological University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He also earned an MBA in General Management. Dewey has been a frequent guest lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management, UVA Darden School of Management, and SUNY at Albany School of Public Policy.