Stephen D. Newlin
BS Civil Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines; Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School
South Dakota Mines Chapter, 1973
Wife – Terry; Sons – Scott and Grant
Newlin serves as the Chairman, President and CEO of PolyOne Corporation, a leading global polymer compounding and North American distribution company.
Prior to joining PolyOne, Steve was employed at Ecolab, a $4.5 billion company with 21,000 employees and operations in approximately 170 countries. Newlin served as President of the Industrial Sector operation, which comprises seven divisions that provide cleaning and sanitation solutions for the food and beverage, health care, textiles, vehicle care and water care markets.
Prior to joining Ecolab, Newlin spent 23 years with Nalco Chemical, a $3 billion global specialty chemical company with 10,000 employees. Starting as a sales representative in 1980, he progressed rapidly through a series of sales management and general management positions and was named president of Nalco Pacific in 1992. In this role, he led all manufacturing, functional and commercial activities in Asia Pacific.
In 1994, Newlin embarked on a three-year assignment as president of Nalco Europe, with responsibility for all aspects of the company’s businesses throughout Europe and the Middle East, including all commercial functions, research and development, manufacturing, finance and support services. In this position, he led a successful change initiative to reorganize the business around markets rather than geography. He also instilled a value-added philosophy toward customers.
Returning to the United States, Newlin was named president of Nalco’s Specialty Division, then was elected president and a director of the company in 1998. He added the responsibilities of chief operating officer and vice chairman in 2000. That same year, he became chairman of Nalco Exxon Energy Chemicals, a joint venture of Nalco and Exxon Energy Chemicals. He elected to leave Nalco in 2001.
Before joining Nalco, Newlin served a brief stint as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, where he led the design, contracting and construction of water and wastewater systems.
Newlin is a member of the Board of Directors of Black Hills Corporation, a diversified energy company based in Rapid City, South Dakota. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the South Dakota School of Mines Foundation.