Kristen Pforr
VP, Operations Chemical Intermediates N. America
BASF


“I am passionate about manufacturing because it provides an opportunity to make a difference in a very tangible way. Manufacturing is the juncture where people, technology, and equipment all come together and this combination provides endless opportunities for creativity in solving problems or innovating in any of these arenas.”


In her current role as BASF’s North American Vice President of Operations for Chemical Intermediates, Kristen is responsible for over 400 people and close to $2 billion in manufacturing assets in three sites across North America. Recently, she was responsible for the successful introduction and implementation of variable cost dashboards in the HDO and Neol units, resulting in more than $760K of savings per year.

With more than 20 years of experience, Kristen has an extensive knowledge of manufacturing as well as demonstrative leadership roles as Site Manager, Operations Director and now Vice President of Operations. These roles have set Kristen apart from her peers and given her a distinctive leadership style. One of her key leadership accomplishments was in her previous role at the Pasadena catalyst site where she was given responsibility for a legacy acquired, struggling production unit. In less than a year, she made changes that improved operations, environmental performance and work force retention.

Kristen sees kindred spirits in anyone eager to learn. As such, she is active in local schools where she has served as a mentor, a science fair judge and a panel participant encouraging female minority high schoolers to pursue STEM careers. Kristen has been a member of the Wharton County Community College Advisory Board and worked with the college to establish a P-Tech internship program. In addition to her time fostering many aspects of STEM education, Kristen has also advocated for the chemical industry. She sponsored LEPC events for Celanese as the Site Manager and has been a Responsible Care volunteer for middle school Responsible Care week.

Passionate for her community, Kristen has served as OLQP School Board of Director, Board Secretary and Policy Chair. She was a planning committee member for the inaugural Matagorda County Household Hazardous Waste collection day and has since been an integral part of multiple Matagorda County events. Since joining BASF in Louisiana, she has been active with the Capital Area United Way. As a member of the Geismar Site Leadership Team, Kristen was instrumental in organizing flood relief efforts for more than 180 impacted employees.

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