SCI America has announced that the 2019 SCI Chemical Industry Medal will be presented to Neil Chapman, Senior Vice President of Exxon Mobil Corporation. He will receive the medal at a formal dinner convened in his honour on 12 March 2019 at Essex House in New York City, US.
The SCI Chemical Industry Medal honours individuals 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 leadership of their organisation during periods of expansion, challenging conditions, or new directions, recipients are known for service rendered to the industry as a whole.
'Neil has been a driving force in growing the value of ExxonMobil. He has succeeded in leveraging advantaged manufacturing assets and the differentiated portfolio of brands and products of the company,' said Craig Rogerson, Chairman, President and CEO of Hexion, Inc., and Chairman of SCI America.
'His foresight in investing in opportunities across the fuels, lubricants and chemical businesses to improve feedstock flexibility, increase higher value products, enhance operational efficiency, increase logistics capabilities and optimise marketing channels has been a boon to the entire industry. We are thrilled to honour him at the ceremony in March.'
Chapman joined Esso Chemical in 1984 at the Esso refinery in Fawley, UK. He has held a range of senior engineering, operations, planning and marketing roles in various chemicals affiliates in the UK, Belgium, US and Hong Kong.
Following the merger of Exxon and Mobil, Chapman was Chemicals Sales Manager in the Asia Pacific region and Project Executive of the Fujian Integrated Refining and Ethylene Joint Venture Project in China. In 2002, he joined the Fuels Marketing division as head of ExxonMobil Aviation International Ltd. in the UK before becoming Vice President, Industrial and Wholesale Fuels based in the US.
Chapman became Vice President for the global polyethylene business unit of ExxonMobil Chemical Company in 2005, and was appointed Executive Assistant to the Chairman of Exxon Mobil Corporation in 2006. He became President of ExxonMobil Global Services Company in 2007 and was appointed Senior Vice President for polymers with ExxonMobil Chemical Company in 2011. In 2015, he was named President of the ExxonMobil Chemical Company.
Under Chapman’s leadership, ExxonMobil Chemical has grown as a global leader in the petrochemicals industry, delivering industry-leading financial performance underpinned by operational excellence, technology, integration, and global reach. Through clear and compelling strategies and business plans, the company has built a global network of world-scale manufacturing facilities, technology centres, and businesses to become the leader in some of the largest-volume and highest-growth petrochemical markets.
ExxonMobil Chemical benefits from its integration with ExxonMobil's other business lines and operations, providing it with an unparalleled ability to serve customers as well as share technologies and best practices. Chapman became Senior Vice President of Exxon Mobil Corporation in January 2018 and serves as a member of company’s management committee with responsibility for ExxonMobil’s upstream businesses.
About the Chemical Industry Medal
The Chemical Industry Medal has been awarded by SCI America for more than 85 years. A presentation is made annually to a recipient selected by the Executive Committee of the America Section of SCI. The Chemical Industry Medal is a testimonial to individuals 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 honoured. Past recipients include Steve Pryor, Sunil Kumar, Andrew N Liveris, David N Weidman, J Brian Ferguson, Michael E Campbell, and Jeffrey M Lipton.
About SCI America
SCI America was founded in 1894 in New York City as the first regional fraction of the UK-based SCI founded in 1881. It provides a unique networking forum for chemical industry leaders, industrial scientists, and technologists to exchange new business ideas and best practices. It celebrates achievements in industrial chemistry through three medal awards: the Perkin Medal, the Chemical Industry Medal, and the Gordon E Moore Medal.
The organisation works to inspire students to enter technical careers by offering its members an opportunity to participate in an annual scholars program. SCI America also offers its members the opportunity to become part of its growing network by participating in its annual Innovation Day, where young industry leaders come together to celebrate innovation in the chemical industry and to seek solutions for tomorrow’s challenges.
By highlighting extraordinary individuals and their work, SCI America aims to promote public understanding of research and development in modern chemical industries, enhance the interest of students in applied chemistry by providing role models, and emphasise the role of creative research in the global economy.