Marcus W. (Mark) Gaddy is a Managing Director and acting Chief Operations Officer of Georgia Biomass. As COO, Mark is responsible for the day-to-day plant operations of the company. This includes managing all aspects of manufacturing operational excellence including safety, environmental performance, quality, cost/efficiency, production, and reliability. Mark is also responsible for the logistics of moving pellets from the plant to the port for shipments abroad.
Before joining Georgia Biomass, Mark was the plant manager of Kraton Polymers in Belpre, OH, producing Styrenic Block Co-Polymers (SBC). His responsibilities included managing four large production units producing a variety of SBCs, one compounding unit and complete on-site utilities supporting plant operations. Under his leadership were approximately 600 employees and contractors.
Before joining Kraton Polymers, Mark was the plant manager of LyondellBasell Industries in Houston, TX, Channelview Chemical Complex. Mark was responsible for two world-scale heavy liquid olefins units including full downstream processing of co-product streams (benzene, toluene, butadiene, piperylenes, DCPD, isoprene, MTBE, Alkylate, IPOH, and high-purity isobutylene). Under his leadership were approximately 700 employees and contractors.
Previous to his Kraton assignment, Mark held the position of plant manager for Equistar Chemicals in LaPorte, TX, LaPorte Chemical Complex, and held the responsibility for the production of olefins, polyolefins and acetic acid. While in this position, he managed over 450 employees and contractors, and also managed a buy-out and subsequent integration of people and processes of the Millennium acetyls asset that was located adjacent to the Equistar complex.
Mark was also the plant manager for Equistar Chemicals’ Bayport Chemical Complex in Pasadena, TX, , producing ethylene oxide, polyethylene and polypropylene. In addition to leading plant operations, he served as the manufacturing lead for the divestment of the polypropylene plant. Previous to this, Mark held a variety of management positions in Technical, Reliability, Operations and Maintenance during his 20 years with Equistar.
Mark has held seats on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Chemistry Technology Council, Southeast Ohio Port Authority, and Galveston Bay Foundation. He was committee chairperson for the East Harris County Manufacturers Associations for Emergency Communications. Mark also chaired the La Porte Plant Managers Network and Association of Bayport Companies.
Mark holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Texas (Inactive Status).