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His primary responsibilities include customer interface and providing market insights for the global markets and the Americas. With significant breadth of experience in both international and domestic chemical markets, Mr. Byrne came to IHS from Styron LLC in Houston, where he served as feedstocks commercial manager. Previously, he was global butadiene manager, trader and logistics lead for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, also in Houston. Prior to Goodyear, Mr. Byrne was with Shell Chemicals for more than 20 years, where he held a number of business, product and commercial management roles covering, styrenics, operations, process excellence and logistics in Canada, Europe and in the U.S. In Europe, he spent six years as commercial manager of Shell Chemicals-Europe's styrene business. Most recently, he was manager of chemicals operations and process excellence for Shell Chemicals in Houston. Mr. Byrne received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry (Hons.) from Carleton University, Ontario, and holds an M.B.A. from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. He also completed the management-training program at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.