Hector Guevara - Orbia - Vestolit (formerly Mexichem)
CI: Tell us a little about yourself, and what you do.
I graduated from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) as a Chemical Engineer in the late 1970's. I have been in the industry for 44 years working in the chemical industry starting with phthalic anhydride, plasticizers, PVC Resins and PVC compounds for about 27 years and then chlor-alkali and phosphates. I started in production, technical projects, and HSE positions and later made a complete change to the administrative areas: Supply Chain and Commercial (current position), I have always respected chlorine and therefore I have been involved with the processes of security, from production to delivery.
CI: When did you first become involved at CI? What activities have you been involved in at CI?
I have been involved with the Chlorine Institute since 2008, and more actively since 2019. I have been mainly involved with EPIT, the Board of Directors and this year the Executive Committee. I have participated in the implementation of CHLOREP and TRANSCAER for Mexico and provided support for the Spanish Chlorine Webinars covering emergency response training with the use of the kits.
CI: What is something interesting about you that few would know or guess?
I am really passionate about transferring my knowledge, coaching and always looking to learn something new on a daily basis, to innovate.
CI: Tell us about your favorite CI memory or success story.
The truth is by being a CI member, I’m able to gain technical knowledge through CI meetings and forums and at the same time, I’m able to interact and exchange ideas with people from other organizations, and even other cultures, and I count that as a success!
CI: What do you value most from your CI membership?
The CI is a partner, a coach, whenever I need support, someone is there! Through the CI we are always updating our knowledge, how to better operate, control and prevent emergencies and, in a required scenario, how to be prepared to act and respond in the best way. At the CI you can always find great people, both in the different member organizations and in the CI staff.
CI: What advice do you have for early career professionals in the chlor-alkali industry?
Having a purpose is fundamental and if we are in the chlor-alkali industry our best ally is the CI and I want to invite you to integrate the CI's Mission to your purpose: "The Chlorine Institute exists to support the chlor-alkali industry in advancing the production, distribution safe and sustainable, environmentally compatible and sustainable use of the chemicals of its mission".
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