J. Brian Ferguson, Executive Chairman of the Board of Eastman Chemical, to be awarded the 2011 SCI Chemical Industry Medal
Philadelphia PA & Kingsport TN 20 October 2010 The Society of Chemical Industry, America International Group, announced today that the SCI Chemical Industry Medal will be presented to J. Brian Ferguson, Executive Chairman of the Board of Eastman Chemical Company. He will receive the medal at a dinner in his honor on March 8, 2011, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.
Brian Ferguson is a passionate and effective advocate for the chemical industry, said Sunil Kumar, Chairman of the SCI. He is receiving the medal in recognition of his leadership in the successful restructuring of his company during a period of tremendous change.
About J. Brian Ferguson
J. Brian Ferguson became Chairman and CEO of Eastman in 2002, a time when the country was in a recession and the industry in a downturn. He took decisive actions to restructure the companys portfolio and reduce cyclicality of its businesses. These actions led to solid performance by Eastman during the worst markets conditions in a generation, and positioned the company to set record earnings coming out of the recession. As a spokesman for the Industry, Mr. Ferguson is currently the Chairman of the American Chemistry Council, and has also served as a Director of the National Association of Manufacturers, and a member of the Business Roundtable.
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, and Jon M. Huntsman.
About the SCI
SCI America International Group, launched in 1894, is part of the Society of Chemical Industrys 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.
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