The Society of Chemical Industry, America International Group, announced today that the SCI Chemical Industry Medal will be awarded to David Weidman, chairman and chief executive officer, Celanese Corporation (NYSE: CE).
“Dave Weidman has shown tremendous business leadership in an evolving, and often volatile, global economy,” said Stephanie A. Burns, chairman of SCI. “He led Celanese’s transformation from a German publicly-traded company to an American publicly-traded company and instilled in it a culture of continuous improvement, sustainability and safety. And he navigated Celanese through the recession, continuing its global expansion and challenging the company and the industry to become more strategic and more resilient in the process.”
Weidman will receive the medal at a dinner in his honor March 13, 2012, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.
About David Weidman
David Weidman is chairman and chief executive officer of Celanese Corporation, a Fortune 500 global technology and specialty materials company based in Dallas, Texas. Weidman has served as president and chief executive officer since December 2004 and was appointed chairman by the board of directors in February 2007.
A frequent speaker on change, Weidman led Celanese’s transformation from a German-based company traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (through a private equity transaction) to a (fully independent) global company traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
Under Weidman’s leadership Celanese has accelerated its globalization and innovation, moving rapidly into regions of high growth with expanded product offerings that leverage the company’s advanced proprietary technologies. Today Celanese sets the highest global standards in operations and safety. The company was recognized by the American Chemistry Council with the 2009 Responsible Care Sustained Excellence Award and the 2010 Responsible Care Initiative Award. As a result, Celanese is now a recognized leader in globalization, innovation, sustainability and safety.
Weidman is past chairman of the Society for Chemical Industry and of the American Chemistry Council. He is a member of the board of The Conservation Fund and serves on several advisory councils at the University of Michigan and Brigham Young University.
About the Chemical Industry Medal
The Chemical Industry Medal has been awarded by SCI America for more than 85 years. Presentation is made annually to a recipient selected by the Executive Committee of the America International Group of the SCI. The Chemical Industry Medal is a testimonial to men and women whose leadership, foresight, and contributions to applied chemistry have been, to a considerable degree, responsible for the growth of that industry. The medal has attained distinction by reason of the outstanding achievements and caliber of those who have been honored. Past recipients include Michael E. Campbell, Jeffrey M. Lipton, Dennis H. Reilley, Raj L. Gupta, Jon M. Huntsman, and J. Brian Ferguson.
SCI America International Group, launched in 1894, is part of the Society of Chemical Industry’s international organization. It provides a unique networking forum for chemical industry leaders, industrial scientists, and technologists to exchange new business ideas and best practices. It celebrates achievement to promote public awareness of the contributions of industrial chemistry and inspire students to enter technical careers.
SCI America section also offers its members the opportunity to become part of an international network of industry thought leaders and researchers. Through specialized conferences, e-events, and publications, it helps foster best practices in fields as diverse as fine and commodity chemicals, food, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, agriculture, and environmental protection.
SCI America events are managed by Chemical Heritage Foundation. www.chemheritage.org
About Celanese Corporation
Celanese Corporation is a global technology leader in the production of specialty materials and chemical products which are used in most major industries and consumer applications. Our products, essential to everyday living, are manufactured in North America, Europe and Asia. Known for operational excellence, sustainability and premier safety performance, Celanese delivers value to customers around the globe with best-in-class technologies. Based in Dallas, Texas, the company employs approximately 7,600 employees worldwide and had 2011 net sales of $6.8 billion, with approximately 73% generated outside of North America. For more information about Celanese Corporation and its global product offerings, visit www.celanese.com.
Linda Beheler, 972-443-4924
Chemical Heritage Foundation
Neil Gussman, 717-314-2494
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