Based in Houston, Texas, Dave is SVP and Division Head, responsible for the overall commercial and operating aspects of IHS Markit’s Energy and Natural Resources Division, a leading global provider of information, insight and consulting services to the global energy, chemical, petrochemical, refining and related industries.
During a career spanning more than 30 years in the energy value chain, Dave has gained deep global experience covering a wide array of financial, strategic, technical and functional assignments. Before his appointment to head the Energy Division, Dave was SVP and global head of IHS’ oil markets, midstream, downstream and chemical businesses. In that capacity Dave had global responsibility for the full spectrum of IHS’ data, analytics, insight and consulting services.
Prior to its acquisition by IHS, Dave served as EVP of business advisory services at Chemical Market Associates Inc. (CMAI), a leading provider of chemical information, insight and consulting. He also was an elected member of CMAI’s board of directors.
During his career at CMAI, Witte also served in other leadership roles of increasing responsibility, including VP 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.
Earlier in his career, Dave was employed by Chevron Corporation and later Chevron Chemical, with technical and commercial roles in refining and chemicals. In his chemical role he held a number of technical and commercial roles during which he helped develop and commercialize Chevron’s proprietary Aromax® technology; a process for which holds working patent.
Dave earned a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Louisiana State University in 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 the Energy value chain.