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Charles Brumlik, PhD

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Guy Penard


Adam Closson, PhD


Karin Bartels, PhD

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Paul Pospisil, PhD


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  • 1 150,000-Member Strong Worldwide
  • Awards Luncheon: Tue December 6
  • 2015 Remarks: Alan Alda, Actor
  • Intro: Dr. Thomas Connelly, ACS CEO
  • Achievement: David Cote, Honeywell
  • Innovation: J P Clamadieu, Solvay
  • Investment: Len Blavatnik, Access Industries
  • Science: Charles Bolden, NASA
  • 1 Sharpen your Strategy
  • 1 Where Technology & Investment Meet
  • 1 Help Create the Future
  • 1 Support STEM Progress

Dec 6 Leaders: Access Industries, Honeywell, NASA, Solvay
On Dec 6 the world's largest scientific society celebrates today's leaders and enable those of tomorrow:


Dec 6 - Extraordinary STEM Leadership Awards

Introduction: Dr. Charles Brumlik, CME Chair, Dr. Thomas Connelly, ACS Executive Director and CEO, and George Rodriguez, the event founder and past CME Chair. Join us on December 6 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm at the Metropolitan Club to honor leaders in the following categories:

Investments: Len Blavatnik, Access Industries Founder and Chairman. American Industrialist and Philanthropist. As a Lyondell-Basell key shareholder, his investment in the company turned into one of the greatest deals in Wall Street history. His investments include UC RUSAL (the world’s largest vertically integrated aluminum producer) and Warner Music Group. He sits on boards at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and Tel Aviv universities.

Innovation: Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, Solvay CEO and Board Member. He was Rhodia’s CEO and Chairman, and President of Rhodia Chemicals Latin America. He has been a visionary innovation leader and a premier sponsor of the revolutionary Solar Impulse Aircraft Program. He is President of the European Chemical Industry Council, Board member of the International Chemical Industry Council, Faurecia and Axa.

Lifetime Achievement: David Cote, Chairman and CEO of Honeywell, a $40 billion technology leader with 130,000 employees in aerospace; controls; and performance materials. During his 14 years of leadership, Honeywell has delivered a total shareowner return of more than 400 percent. Cote is director to the NY Federal Reserve Bank and has been named one of the World’s Best CEOs by Barron’s four years in a row (2013-2016).

Science Involvement: Major General Charles F. Bolden, Jr., NASA Administrator since 2009. As an astronaut, he flew four NASA Shuttle missions. He deployed the Hubble Space Telescope and commanded the first Russian-USA Shuttle mission. He was Deputy Commanding General of the US Forces in Japan. At NASA he led the launch of the Juno spacecraft to Jupiter, the Curiosity rover in Mars, and the design of the X-plane, human travel to Mars and an asteroid, and exploring the edge of the solar system.

Closing Remarks: Dr. Donna Nelson, ACS 2016 President.

Leadership Awards: Insightful. Warm. Inspirational.

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Charles Brumlik, PhD
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Since 2012 CME has received three prestigious American Chemical Society ChemLuminary Awards including those for Global Engagement in 2012 and 2014.


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October 6 - Sharpening the Strategic Focus

The world has changed unimaginably since Grace’s founding 162 years ago. And the unique pedigree of Grace is reflected in the fact that only eight chief executives have led this legendary company built on the pillars of talent, technology and trust. Despite the colossal challenges of the last 13 years, the company has enhanced its standing as a premier global specialty chemicals and materials company. From 2003 to 2013, Grace revenue increased 60 percent to $3.1 billion, EBITDA expanded 167% to $674 million, and Adjusted Free Cash Flow rose from $39 million to $516 million. Grace’s portfolio was rebalanced, expanding the breadth of the catalysts business and increasing polypropylene catalysts revenue more than $200 million in less than five years. 

The silica-related Materials Technologies segment was solidified and entered into pharmaceutical applications. The company’s share of emerging region sales increase from 22% to 38%. Grace successfully met the challenges and navigated through the longest and one of the most contested Chapter 11 reorganizations in history, ending on February 3, 2014. Since then Grace has persistently focused on core business and competitive advantages that increase Grace’s capabilities and agility in meeting new market needs.  

Join us on October 6 to hear more on how sharpening the focus at Grace is helping accelerate growth and shareholder value for the next century.

Fred Festa joined Grace as President and COO in 2003, became CEO in 2005, and Chairman in 2008. Festa led the transformation of Grace into a fully-integrated global specialty chemicals and materials company.

During Festa’s tenure, Grace increased substantially revenues, earnings, free cash flow and the share of emerging region sales, formed several key joint ventures and completed 22 acquisitions. He guided the company successfully through one of the longest and most contested Chapter 11 reorganizations. 

Previously, Festa served with distinction in senior leadership positions at Morgenthaler Private Equity Partners, ICG Commerce, AlliedSignal, Inc. (now Honeywell), and GE.

Fred graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. degree in Finance from SUNY Oswego.



September 8 - Sustainable Packaging: What's Next?

Emile Homsi, Ph.D., LLM, is currently the SABIC Global leader for The Polymer Application Technology Group. Emile has worked for Honeywell, BASF and DSM. He was Americas VP of Research and Technology for DSM. He has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering; a Masters in Technology Management and a Masters in Biomedical Sciences; among other degrees

Matt Morrison, DFES, MBA, is the SABIC Americas leader for Corporate Sustainability. He worked as a research scientist and team lead at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development. He has a Doctorate of Forestry and Environmental Studies, a Masters in Chemistry, and an MBA.

Tamal Ghosh , PhD, is an expert in polymer engineering for Sustainable Packaging, Bio-derived Polymers, Polymer Composites, and Barrier Coatings. He has two decades of global industry experience at Engelhard, Ciba Specialty Chemicals and PepsiCo. He received a PhD in Polymer Engineering, and a Masters in Technology Management.

June 2 - NNI 2.0 The Future of USA Nanotechnology

Michael A. Meador, PhD, is Director of the National Nanotechnology coordination Office (NNCO). NASA Glenn Research Center Chief of the Polymers Branch (1988 to 2011). From 2011 to 2014, he led a NASA-industry-university project to mature high payoff nanotechnologies under the Space Technology Mission Directorate's Game Changing Development Program. PhD in Organic Chemistry from Michigan State University.

Rajiv Banavali, PhD, is Chief Technology Officer for Honeywell Advanced Materials. He has worked with a broad variety of nano-enabled products such as new low-global-warming-potential Solstice refrigerants, blowing agents, solvents and aerosols as part of Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies (PMT) business group, a global leader in designing high-purity, high-performance chemicals, materials and software-based systems to safely and efficiently operate complex industrial facilities.

Qinghuang Lin, PhD, Research senior manager at IBM Watson Research Center. He is an IBM Master Inventor with over 80 granted us patents with additional more than 70 US patents pending. He is the editor or co-editor of 6 books and the author and co-author of over 60 technical papers. He is an Associate Editor of Journal of Micro/Nanolithography. He is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and is the Chair of the American Chemical Society: Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering (PMSE) division.

May 5 - 2016 Latin America Outlook

Several Latin American stock market indices have shown explosive growth in 2016. Are the economic growth and political reforms sparking enthusiasm for this region?

Federico Mennella, Managing Director & Head of Lincoln’s International Global Chemical practice. Led Chase's Chemical and Industrial M&A advisory . Worked at Peter J. Solomon, Deutsche Bank, McKinsey, Lazard, Oppenheimer and Arthur Andersen.

Renzo Merino, Analyst, Moody’s Sovereign Risk Group. Has covered the credit of the Inter-American Development Bank, Panama, Ecuador, USA, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, South Africa, Brazil, Peru, and Venezuela. Country Risk Analyst at BMI.

George Rodriguez (moderator), strategy and innovation advisor. Served at Asahi Glass, Nagase, Pfizer and Union Carbide (Dow). Expertise in strategy, sales and marketing, and M&A in chemicals, biopharma, biofuels, bioplastics and Latin American operations.

James S. Rosenstein, Executive Director, Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce. Served at ViS Research, Bentley Motors, Toyota, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Dev. and BNP. Fellow at Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative.

April 7 - 2016 Biotech Outlook

Michael King, PhD, is Michael King Jr is a Managing Director and senior research analyst in biotechnology . Prior to joining JMP, he worked at Dawson James Securities, Rodman & Renshaw, Ziopharm Oncology and Wedbush Securities.

Nathan Tinker PhD, has been Executive Director of New York BIO since 2007. He has worked at Sabin Vaccine Institute Cancer Vaccine Consortium and Antenna Group.  Dr. Tinker was Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of the NanoBusiness Alliance. 

Paul Pospisil, PhD, is a Senior Client Partner, Global Life Sciences at Korn Ferry. He recruits CEOs, CFOs, CTOs and other key executives. Co-founder of Aduro Capital LLC. He has worked at Atlas Venture, Millennium Pharmaceuticals and Altus Biologics.

Mar 9 - Accelerating Growth through Distribution

The global chemical distribution channel is large, fragmented and will grow faster than the $3.4 trillion global chemical value chain .

J. Erik Fyrwald Univar CEO since May 2012. He was President of Ecolab; CEO of Nalco, and Group Vice President of the Agriculture and Nutrition Division of DuPont. Serves on the board of Eli Lilly, Amsted Industries, The SCI, and The Field Museum. BS ChE.

Feb 4 - Sparking the Senses: From Flavor to Table

Ken Gilbert, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Voss of Norway ASA. Ken has over 35 years experience with companies such as A&W Brands, G. Heileman Brewing, Cadbury Schweppes, and Mystic Beverages. Ken was CMO of the Snapple Beverage Group. 

Kay Murano, PhD, Flavorist at International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF). She is a member of the Creative and Applications team. Dr. Murano holds a B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from St. John's University and a Ph.D. in Food Science from Rutgers.

January 7 - 2016 Economic Outlook, ACC, R. Fry

Kevin Swift, PhD, is a Managing Director and Chief Economist at the American Chemistry Council in Arlington, VA, where he is responsible for economic and other analyses dealing with markets, raw materials, trade, tax, energy, and competition and innovation. 

Robert Fry, PhD, is Principal at Robert Fry Economics where he analyzes the global economy to help decision-makers at manufacturing companies and wealth management firms. He was an award-winning Senior Economist at DuPont. 

December 8 - CME ACS Awards

November 5 - DB: Driving Growth through M&A

Adam Abramson, is a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank. 14 years experience in the chemicals investment banking and over $75 billion of advisory and capital transactions. Advised Trinseo on its IPO. Involved in the acquisition of Celanese by Blackstone, and the JV of Americas Styrenics by Dow and ChevronPhillips Chemical. Sell-side: OM Group to Apollo and Platform Specialty Products, Rockwood's Pigment business to Huntsman, Ocean Nutrition Canada to DSM, Solutia to Eastman Chemical, Lyondell Chemical to Basell, Ashland’s Electronic Materials to Air Products.

October 1 - What is Next in Crop Science

Jay Vroom, has been president and CEO of CropLife America (CLA) since 1989. CLA lobbies for the benefits of crop technology in enhancing food, fiber and renewable fuel production, and advocates for science-based regulations.  He brings agency experience, plus environmental science knowledge from the U. of Illinois. 

Iain Kelly, Ph.D. is Research Fellow and Director of Regulatory Policy at Bayer CropScience in RTP.  With more than 30 years' experience, his primary responsibility has been coordinating a range of bee health related topics.  He is the immediate past chair of CropLife America's Pollinator Team.

September 9 - Shaping the Future at Chemours

Mark Vergnano is CEO of Chemours, arguably the most significant spinoff of the legendary DuPont in the last half century. The Chemours is in a unique position to re-invent the nature of the formerly known Chemicals & Fluoroproducts and Titanium Technologies businesses of DuPont. Speech Audio/PPT and Press Release

June 4, 2015 - Specialty Chemicals: A New Paradigm for Consumers, Naterials and Life Science

Speaker: James Mish leads Ashland’s global Consumer Specialties business, a leading provider of personal and household care, pharmaceutical, and nutritional specialty chemicals. Mish has integrated the International Specialties Products (ISP) and Ashland consumer businesses to achieve improved growth, innovation and customer experience.


May 7, 2015 - Latin American Outlook

Analysis of the opportunities created by the new trade dynamics and the growing Latin American population estimated to reach one billion people by mid-century. Moderator: George Rodriguez.

Mauro Leos, Vice President and Sr. Credit Officer, Moody’s Sovereign Risk Group. He is the Regional Credit officer for Latin America. He was Managing Director for Latam at Wharton Econometrics. Graduate in finance from U. of Wisconsin and ITES de Monterrey.

Christian Perlingiere, Associate Director, Latin America, Veracity Worlwide. He analyzed political, social, environmental, and reputational risks linked to major mining projects. Graduate from Georgetown and U. of Chicago's Booth School of Business.

Alberto Ramos, is head of the Latin America Economic Research team in the Global Investment Research Division. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2003. He worked at the IMF for six years.He earned an MA and PhD in Economics and taought at the U. of Chicago.

Mark Gross is a Managing Director at Dominick & Dickerman, an investment bank.  He was Head of Corporate & Investment Banking, Brazil at Standard Chartered Bank and Country Officer for the American Express Bank International.  He holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business.

April 2, 2015 - Japan-USA: Regenerating the World of Medicine

Hiromichi Kumagai, PhD, – Fellow, Head Biotech Lab, Asahi Glass Central Research. Former Managing Director of the ASPEX Division of AGC. Received the 2011 Award of the Japan Bio-industry Association. Shinya Yamanaka, the 2012 Nobel Prize winner found that induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC's) could be derived from normal adult cells..

Speaker: Stephen Chang, PhD, , Vice President for R&D at NYSCF. Since 2005, the New York Stem Cell Foundation has created the first patient-specific stem cell lines for ALS and reprogrammed pancreatic cells. Genetic models of diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases of human stem cells are being developed at the NYSCF Lab .

February 5, 2015 - Profit from Four Disruptive Technologies

Moderator: Sam Samdani, Sr. Knowledge Expet at McKinsey & Company. Abstract: This presentation focused on four disruptive technologies relevant to chemicals:3D printing, carbon nanotubes and graphene, next-generation genomics, and shale oil & gas recovery. The panelists were: Chris Krampitz. strategy manager, digital manufacturing technologies, UL (Underwriters Laboratories), Farren Isaacs, assistant professor of Systems Biology at Yale University, and Miguel Mireles, business development, chemicals & materials, Grace Matthews.

October 2, 2014 - Huntsman: Transforming the World of Advanced Materials

James Huntsman, President, Huntsman Advanced Materials. With annual sales over $1.3 billion in epoxy and polyurethane-based polymer products, this Division of Huntsman is aligning global resources with attractive growth markets in aerospace, adhesives, high-performance coatings, power generation, green electronics and large-scale engineering projects.

September 10, 2014 - Evonik: Capturing Growth in Specialty Chemicals

Speaker: John Rolando, President of Evonik North America. With more than €12.5 billion in sales in 2012, Evonik is in the midst of an ambitious €6 billion investment program focused to grow its specialty chemicals businesses around the world.

July 12, 2013 - Sustainability Symposium at JFK. Solar Impulse: An Energy Revolution!

The Symposium was organized by Solvay in association with CME and ACS. Solar Impulse is the first solar-powered aircraft to fly across America day and night without any fuel. This amazing machine of 63 meters (208 ft) in wingspan that weighs only 1600 kg (3520 lb) is a marvel of engineering, chemistry, physics, and most importantly, the human passion for perseverance and making the impossible dreams come true.