Covestro CSO Northcote Passes Away
Richard Northcote, chief sustainability officer for polymers giant Covestro (Leverkusen, Germany), has passed away at the age of 58, the company announced late last week.
Northcote was a well-regarded and experienced executive, according to the company, who had a good reputation in the international plastics industry and elsewhere.
An Experienced Leader
Northcote was highly regarded and known as a visionary in sustainable development, his background including experience in the chemical and construction industries. He had also worked as a journalist, a corporate communications and government affairs executive and most recently as head of the Sustainability segment for the company.
Northcote lived and worked in a number of European countries, the Middle East and Asia. He joined the chemical industry in 1996 with ICI, and later became a member of the Covestro AG team in 2009, where he served as chief sustainability officer.
“We will all miss him more than words can express. He was not just our inspiring colleague, but our good friend as well,” said Covestro CEO Markus Steilemann. "Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends during this most difficult time.”
Northcote was involved with Covestro’s support of Solar Impulse, a solar-powered plane that circled the globe. He also believed that the industry should become more efficient, committing the firm to lessening CO2 emissions by 50 percent by 2025.
Covestro’s CSO was also known as a contributor to Urethanes Technology International and a defender of good journalism.