Raj L. Gupta joined Rohm and Haas in 1971 as a financial analyst. He held positions of increasing responsibility during the decade, including a two-year stint as special assistant to the president of the company.
In 1979, he began work in Europe, first as financial manager of the U.K. subsidiary, then as strategic planning director for the region, and finally as assistant manager for the company's substantial operations in France.
In 1984, Mr. Gupta was named business manager for Ion Exchange Resins in Europe. In 1987, he took on the responsibilities of business director for Plastics in Europe. Two years later, Mr. Gupta became business unit director for the worldwide Plastics Additives business.
He was elected a vice president of the company and was named director for the Pacific Region in 1993. Early in 1996, Mr. Gupta became one of six members of the Chairman's Committee and given oversight responsibility for the company's Electronic Materials business group.
In December 1998, Mr. Gupta was elected to the Board of Directors and named Vice Chairman in January 1999. He became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer on October 1, 1999. Mr. Gupta assumed the additional title of President in early 2005 and held that title until May 2008.
Mr. Gupta holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (1967), a M.S. degree in Operations Research from Cornell University (1969), and a M.B.A. in Finance from Drexel University (1972).
Mr. Gupta is a past Chairman of the American Chemistry Council, and the Society of Chemical Industry, America Section. He sits on the board of trustees for The Conference Board. He is a member of the boards of Tyco, The Vanguard Group, and Hewlett-Packard Company.
He and his wife, Kamla, are residents of Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.