Based in Houston, David H. Witte is senior vice president at IHS and general manager of IHS Chemical, a leading global provider of information and insight and consulting services to the global chemical, petrochemical and refining industries. Dave has P&L responsibility for the Chemical Business line and manages a global team of over 300 chemical experts delivering information and insights to the chemical and related industries.
During a career spanning nearly 30 years in the refining and chemical industries, Dave has garnered deep experience across a broad spectrum of chemical and hydrocarbon value chains covering a wide array of financial, strategic, technical and commercial issues. Before his appointment to head IHS Chemical, Dave was vice president and global head of chemical consulting at IHS. In that capacity, he managed the consulting services and provided strategic guidance and expertise to a diverse global client base covering the energy/chemical spectrum.
Before joining IHS, Dave served as executive vice president of business advisory services at Chemical Market Associates Inc. (CMAI), a leading provider of chemical information and insight that was acquired by IHS in 2011. He also served on CMAI’s board of directors.
During his career at CMAI, Witte also served in other leadership roles of increasing responsibility, including vice president of strategy and marketing, managing director of CMAI Asia, and global business director and founder of CMAI global fibers and feedstock service. Dave also held previous roles in CMAI’s aromatics consulting service as an expert on the polyester value chain.
Prior to joining CMAI in 1996, Dave was employed by Chevron Corporation and Chevron Chemical, with technical and commercial roles in refining and chemicals. He also holds working patents for Chevron’s proprietary Aromax® technology. Dave earned a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Louisiana State University and 1986 and was recruited by Ethyl Corporation, where he spent several years in process and project engineering roles working in the area of bromine chemical processing.
Witte also received a certificate in financial planning from the University of Houston and Strategic Planning from the Wharton School of Business. He is a frequent author and speaker serving as an expert on chemical feedstocks, technologies and markets.