Chief Executive Officer
Dustin Olson is Chief Executive Officer for PureCycle Technologies. Prior to joining PureCycle in 2021, Olson spent more than 20 years developing a diverse career path across refining, olefins, specialty chemicals, and specialty polymers throughout the United States, The Netherlands, and China. Earlier in his career, Olson held senior leadership roles in manufacturing, commercial, and business support functions in refining, commodity chemicals, and specialty polymer business units across the world. Olson holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla, a Master’s in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Rice University. He supports numerous educational endeavors as a Board Member for the Industrial Advisor Counsel at the University of Missouri-Rolla Department of Chemical Engineering (2009-12), the Rice University Jones School Alumni (2010-13), and the Steeleville High School Foundation (current). In 2021, Olson was honored by the Missouri University of Science and Technology as a new inductee to the Academy of Chemical Engineers.
Chief Sustainability Officer
Ms. Ettefagh has over 32 years of experience in the areas of recycling and plastics recycling, including implementing a recycling collection program, running the recycling operations for a manufacturing recycling facility, purchasing raw materials, and selling recycled resins for plastic recycling companies. Previous to PureCycle, she worked as a Senior Consultant both in an independent capacity and for major consulting firms in the plastics recycling space, focusing on strategy and implementation to advancements in process, primarily in polyolefins. She has consulted for agencies, banks, potential plastic manufacturers on market conditions, types of supply, and how to evolve and diversify markets for recycled resins. Ms. Ettefagh has been an avid public speaker at conferences, symposiums, and in webinars for the past 25 years, and served on several Boards, including the Sustainable Packaging Coalition from 2019 to 2020. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Texas A&M University.
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Brad Kalter has served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary since January 2021. Mr. Kalter served as General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of United Insurance Holdings Corp., a property and casualty insurance holding company, from February 2019 to January 2021. From October 2015 to February 2019, Mr. Kalter served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Exide Technologies (“Exide”), a battery manufacturing and energy storage business, overseeing global legal from 2015 to February 2019. Mr. Kalter was responsible for overseeing the legal functions of the organization including corporate governance, compliance, litigation and subsidiary management, as well as overseeing legal aspects of corporate financing transactions and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Kalter previously served as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Exide from 2009 to September 2015 and also as Exide’s Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary from 2006 to 2008. Prior to joining Exide, Mr. Kalter served as General Counsel at Cotton States Insurance Group, a multi-line insurance group, from 1999 through 2003. Mr. Kalter holds a J.D. from Emory University and a B.A. in Political Science and Communications from the University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Financial Officer
Larry Somma has nearly three decades of experience in the corporate finance sector at world-class publicly traded companies within the plastics, manufacturing, hospitality, and consumer goods industries. Most recently, Somma spent eight years at LyondellBasell Industries N.V., where he served as vice president of finance strategy and transformation for two years and vice president, corporate treasurer for six years. In his role as vice president of finance strategy and transformation he was responsible for establishing and executing an operating model and organizational design for the global finance team, as well as creating an enterprise-wide strategy for shared services and end-to-end global process excellence. He also directed and oversaw all transactional finance activities, enterprise risk management and data analytics and automation.
Prior to LyondellBasell, Larry was with Hyatt Hotels Corporation where he held both the Senior Vice President, Real Estate and Capital Strategy and Senior Vice President and Treasurer positions during his tenure. Before Hyatt, Larry worked for Lennar Corporation, Sara Lee Corporation, Fisher Scientific International and General Motors Corporation in different finance roles, including an expatriate assignment in London, England.
Larry has Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering as well as a Master of Engineering degree in engineering management from Cornell University. He also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from State University of New York at Buffalo.