Mr. Roth joined RAI in his position as CEO on October 1, 2011. This follows his engagement with the company as a member of the Board of Directors since June 2010.
Prior to this, Mr. Roth served with distinction with Dow Chemical Company for close to 34 years retiring from his last position as President, Dow Middle East in June 2010. Before that he served simultaneously as President and Chief Executive Officer of MEGlobal and Equipolymers, Both Dow joint ventures with Kuwait’s Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC).
He also served as Senior vice president in EQUATE Petrochemical Company for five years based in Kuwait, acting as DOW’s representative within EQUATE, another joint venture between Dow and PIC. Functionally he shared executive responsibility within the Office of the CEO, leading the commercial business groups, as well as supply chain, human resources and corporate relations. He also served as president of the EQUATE Marketing Company.
Before his positions in the Middle East, Roth held a series of leadership roles in sales, marketing, purchasing and business management in a variety of plastics, chemicals and hydrocarbons businesses within Dow, including international assignments in Europe, Africa and North America.
Roth is a Swiss citizen and holds both a business degree and a Swiss Commercial Diploma.