About Stan Silverman


Stan is the former president and chief executive officer of PQ Corporation, a global company operating in North America, South America, Europe and Asia Pacific in two core businesses – chemicals and engineered glass materials.

He is vice chairman of the board of trustees of Drexel University, He is the former chairman of the board of the Drexel University College of Medicine, and former chairman of the Soap and Detergent Association. Stan has served on numerous public, private, private equity and nonprofit boards.

Stan has served as a guest lecturer on Executive Leadership at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and at the LeBow College of Business of Drexel University, where he holds the position of executive in residence. He is also a member of the faculty of Board Advisory Services of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Stan began his business career as a process engineer at Atlantic Richfield, subsequently acquired by BP plc. He joined PQ Corporation in 1971. During his career at PQ, he has held positions in engineering, operations planning, marketing, sales and business unit executive management. Stan became PQ Corporation president and chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors in January 2000.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering and a MBA degree from Drexel University. Stan is also an alumnus the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

You can follow Stan’s activities, philosophy, and experiences:

– Weekly column on Effective Leadership for the Philadelphia Business Journal


– Twitter: @stansilverman

– Google: Stanley W. Silverman