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Honeywell Vice Chairman Andreas C Kramvis to Receive Prestigious 2017 SCI Chemical Industry Medal

26 January 2017

The Society of Chemical Industry, America Section (SCI America), announced in November last year that the 2017 SCI Chemical Industry Medal will be presented to Andreas C Kramvis, vice chairman of Honeywell and former president and chief executive officer of Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies. He will receive the medal at a dinner in his honour on 7 March 2017 at the Plaza Hotel, New York.

The SCI Chemical Industry Medal honours an individual whose leadership, commitment and contributions have been responsible for substantial progress and performance of the chemical industry. In addition to being an active guiding force in the management of their company during periods of expansion, challenging conditions, or substantial redirection, recipients are known for service rendered to the industry as a whole.

"We are honored to award this year's Chemical Industry Medal to Andreas Kramvis," said Fred Festa, chairman and chief executive officer of W R Grace & Co and chair of SCI. "Andreas has had a highly successful career, driving terrific performance in the businesses that he has led. He is also well known as a thought leader in management methodology. His progressive ideas have helped to change the way business is conducted, using no additional resources. His contributions to our industry cannot be overstated."

Andreas C Kramvis began his career in Europe and has global experience as an executive in a variety of industries. He joined Honeywell in 2000 after the company's acquisition of Pittway. He became president and chief executive officer of Honeywell's Environmental and Combustion Controls global business, where he achieved major increases in market share and established strong profitability.

In 2008 he was named president and CEO of Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies, a business group that he successfully guided through the recession, increasing sales by approximately 30 percent to become a $7 billion business.

He also worked in consumer goods for Cadbury-Schweppes PLC, computer peripherals with Comtech, and security with Pittway, which later became part of Honeywell.

Kramvis is a graduate of Cambridge University, where he studied engineering specializing in electronics, and he holds an MBA from Manchester Business School. He is the author of the book Transforming the Corporation: Running a Business in the 21st Century, which demonstrates how to systematically transform a business for high performance.

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 Section 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 Sunil Kumar, Andrew N Liveris, David N Weidman, J Brian Ferguson, Michael E Campbell, and Jeffrey M Lipton.

About SCI America

SCI America, launched in 1894, is part of the Society of Chemical Industry's international organisation. 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. For more information, visit SCI America's website: www.sci-america.org.

SCI America events are managed by Chemical Heritage Foundation: www.chemheritage.org.

Program contact:
Resa Thomason, 215-629-5150
sci-america@chemheritage.org

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