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Monolith Expands Executive Leadership Team with Addition of Chief Operating Officer

Monolith Expands Executive Leadership Team with Addition of Chief Operating Officer

November 7th, 2023

Lincoln, NE

Russell Webb Brings Proven Industry Experience and Large-Scale Operational Excellence  

Monolith, Monolith, a global leader in commercial-scale carbon black production using the methane pyrolysis process, named Russell Webb as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. With over 35 years of experience in materials and manufacturing, he will oversee Monolith’s strategic expansion and scalability plans to create cleaner materials for everyday products. In his new role, Webb will manage manufacturing, environmental health & safety, capital projects and supply chain while partnering with Monolith’s commercial, development and technology teams to continue the company’s growth journey.  

“Russell is an experienced industry executive with proven success in leading carbon black and product adjacent operations,” said Rob Hanson, cofounder and CEO, Monolith. “We’re focused on adding talent to lead the innovation required to scale our technology and deliver cleaner products to market, and I look forward to working closely with Russell as we continue to build a low-emissions, high-energy future.” 

Webb has deep expertise in the chemicals and materials industry, including manufacturing leadership, engineering and complex project management. Webb’s experience includes leadership roles at Texaco, Huntsman, Columbian Chemicals, Orion Engineered Carbons and INEOS Styrolution.  

Prior to joining Monolith, Webb was Vice President of Operations at INEOS Styrolution, where he led manufacturing, engineering, and capital projects for 4 polymer plants, and oversaw the engineering, procurement and construction of a new $550 million greenfield ASA Polymer plant that is expected to begin  commercial operation in 2023. He also led manufacturing, engineering and capital projects for five Orion carbon black plants in North and South America, where he improved reliability, yielded cost reductions, developed strategic technology improvements and led health, safety and regulatory compliance. Webb earned his bachelor of science in chemical engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.  

“It is an exciting time for Monolith,” said Russell Webb. “I look forward to working alongside the team to bring our technology to commercial scale, and to help our global customers realize a path to making their products more sustainable.” 


About Monolith  

Monolith is a next‐generation hydrogen and materials company that has developed proprietary technology to convert conventional, renewable or responsibly sourced natural gas into carbon black and hydrogen in a more environmentally sound manner. Monolith is backed by investors including Azimuth Capital Management, Cornell Capital, Decarbonization Partners, Imperative Science Ventures, Magnetar Capital, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, NextEra Energy Resources Inc., SK Inc., TPG Rise Climate and Warburg Pincus. For more information on Monolith, visit  

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