Philipp Polenz brings 13 years of international experience to his new role as head of commercial operations for the North American Polycarbonates business at Covestro LLC. In his role, Philipp is a member of Covestro’s North American Leadership Team as well as the Polycarbonates Global Leadership Team, with particular responsibility for product technology, applications development, market development, and sales and distribution in North America.
Most recently, Philipp was stationed at Covestro’s Hong Kong site, where he was the head of regional project management for Polyurethanes (PUR). Previously, Philipp worked for the Supply Chain Center in Hong Kong, was the head of Mergers & Acquisitions in Leverkusen and led the Commercial Operations organization for PUR in Singapore. Throughout his decorated career at Covestro, Philipp has received numerous accolades including first place in the Bayer Champion’s Cup for most successful acquisition of the year.
Born and raised in Muenster, a mid-sized city in northwest Germany, Philipp spent holidays camping with his parents and three siblings. He received a double business degree from the European Business Program and had the opportunity to travel to Spain, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom during his collegiate years. The first time Philipp boarded a plane was to travel to the United States for an internship in New York City.
Today, Philipp is married and has two children with his wife, Christine: Vincent, age 3, and Sophia, age 1.
Fluent in three languages and proficient in three more, Philipp enjoys kitesurfing, diving, soccer, table tennis and playing the guitar. However, since the birth of his two children, Philipp’s pastimes now revolve more around fatherly activities such as building sand castles and running after bicycles.