Founder and CEO, INEOS - Chemicals Expert of the Year
Sir Jim began his career at Exxon Chemicals where he completed his MBA at the London Business School. He moved to Courtaulds and in 1992 led the successful buyout of Inspec Group plc. He left in 1998 to acquire INEOS plc from Inspec and has been Chairman of INEOS ever since.
INEOS is a global manufacturer of petrochemicals, speciality chemicals and oil products. Comprising 36 individual businesses, we operate 194 facilities in 29 countries throughout the world. In recent years our scope of operations has diversified with the launch of INEOS Automotive and INEOS Hygienics, acquisition of iconic British brand Belstaff and an ever-expanding sports portfolio. A blend of opportunism, belief that we can add value and pursuit of our core values and passion for adventure.
INEOS is led by its founder and Chairman Sir Jim Ratcliffe and co-owners Andy Currie and John Reece. We operate a federal structure based on clear reporting lines and direct accountability. Each business is managed largely autonomously by its own board of directors. There is minimal hierarchy or bureaucracy and a very lean head office function.
INEOS products are essential in the modern world. Incredibly versatile, petrochemicals are used in a wide range of end-market applications to save lives, improve health and enhance standards of living.
INEOS also encompasses consumer brands and sports interests.