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- Intro: Dr. Thomas Connelly, ACS CEO
- Achievement: David Cote, Honeywell
- Innovation: J P Clamadieu, Solvay
- Investment: Len Blavatnik, Access Industries
- Science: Charles Bolden, NASA
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Dec 6 Leaders: Access Industries, Honeywell, NASA, Solvay
On Dec 6, 2016 the world's largest scientific society celebrated today's leaders to enable those of tomorrow:
Introduction: Dr. Charles Brumlik, CME Chair, Dr. Thomas Connelly, ACS Executive Director and CEO, and George Rodriguez, the event founder and past CME Chair. Event took place 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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CVC Capital Partners manages $52 Billion in assets and is one of the world’s leading private equity and investment advisory firms. Founded in 1981, CVC today employs over 420 people throughout Europe, Asia and the US. The firm has historically been one of the largest investors in the chemical industry with former portfolio companies including Univar, Taminco, Evonik, Flint Ink, Materis, and Acordis amongst others.
The presentation will give an overview of the CVC’s investments and overall investment thesis in the current environment. After exiting its remaining positions in Evonik and Univar in 2016, CVC remain invested in ChemicaInvest, a carve-out of four DSM Chemical Assets and its operating units, Aliancys (composite resins) and Fibrant (acrylonitriles). The renewed focus on manufacturing is generating a new array of opportunities for investors in the businesses of chemistry.
Join us to hear the insights of the CVC architect of its US industrials and energy portfolio and his views about the investment outlook and potential changes due to dynamic regulatory environment.
Tom Kichler, Three decades of experience as advisor and principal investor in over 100 M&A transactions with a value exceeding $50 billion have not slowed down Thomas Kichler in his quest for finding growth opportunities as Partner and US Head of Industrials and Energy at CVC. Prior to joining CVC in 2016, he was a partner at One Equity Partners (the investment arm of JP Morgan), where he worked since 2002. He previously worked at Citigroup CIB (Salomon), Wasserstein Perella and Ernst & Young. Kichler is on the Board of Directors at Anchor Glass, and he previously served as Chairman or a member of the Boards of East Balt, PeroxyChem, Sonneborn Refined Products, Columbian Chemicals, LBC Tank Terminals, OCI, Western Hospitals and Progress Rail Services. He received the 2014 Leadership Award for Distinction in Private Equity at the CME Diamond Jubilee. He received a BSE from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Michael White, Assistant Vice President of Creative Fragrance Development at L’Oreal USA, .has 30 years in the personal care industry in quality, formulation, and creative fragrance development. Mike has worked for Gillette and has created fragrances for nearly every personal care category in body application.
Dennis Maroney, Perfumer at International Flavors and Fragrances which he joined in 2001. Previously, he was Perfumer at Shaw Mudge and Co. and Kato Worldwide Ltd. He was President of the American Society of Perfumers. BS in Psychology and Chemisty.
Ezra Greenberg Economist and Strategist. A Senior Expert in McKinsey's center for advanced analytics in strategy, corporate finance, and macroeconomics,Ezra worked for three years at the world's largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates.
Sam Samdani , PhD, is a senior industry knowledge expert at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. His responsibilities include leading the firm’s Chemicals & Agriculture Practice. Prior to joining McKinsey in 1995, Sam worked at McGraw-Hill He holds a BS and PhD in chemical engineering.
Theodore Clark is the Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Adhesives & Sealants LLC, a global top six manufacturer of adhesives and sealants for the transportation, assembly and construction industries and is also Board member of MPD Laboratories and Nusil a silicone manufacturer. He has been President and Chief Executive of PRC-Desoto , Burke Industries and has led Royal Adhesives LLC since its founding in 2003.
Fred Festa joined Grace as President and COO in 2003, became CEO in 2005, and Chairman in 2008. He completed 22 acquisitions and guided Grace through the longest Chapter 11 process. Festa served in senior positions at Morgenthaler Private Equity Partners, ICG Commerce, AlliedSignal and GE.
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.
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. EPA Office of Research and Development. He has a PhD Forestry and Environment, MS 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.
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). He led a NASA-industry-academia project under the Space Technology Mission Program.
Rajiv Banavali, PhD, is Chief Technology Officer for Honeywell Advanced Materials. He has worked with new low-global-warming-potential Solstice refrigerants, blowing agents, solvents and aerosols as part of Performance Materials and Technologies.
Qinghuang Lin, PhD, Research senior manager at IBM Watson Research Center. He is an IBM Master Inventor with over 80 granted patents with 70 patents pending. He is the editor of 6 books and the author of over 60 technical papers. He is the Chair of the ACS Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering (PMSE) division.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.