Invista has promoted Kevin Robles to senior vice president of global operations. In this role, Robles will assume operational responsibility for the company’s 34 nylon, spandex, polyester and specialty chemical manufacturing facilities in 20 countries.
Since joining Invista in January 2011, Robles has served as vice president of operations for the intermediates business. He played a key role in launching the company’s latest nylon intermediates technology, which involved a $100 million investment to implement the technology in Texas.
“Kevin’s vision and industry knowledge will help further elevate our operational expertise for our customers and the communities in which we operate,” says Jeff Gentry, CEO and chairman of the board.
Robles came to Invista with more than 20 years of refining and chemical experience with ExxonMobil and Sunoco Inc., where he was vice president of refining excellence. Robles and Invista’s operations team have established a global goal to reduce its energy intensity 20% by 2020. To achieve this “20 by 2020” goal, the company will seek to further optimize its current energy practices in addition to making capital investments at its manufacturing facilities that reduce the amount of energy used per ton of product.
Robles succeeds David Dotson, who will transfer to Flint Hills Resources, another Koch company.