3 May 2012
At the SCI America International Group's Executive Committee Meeting on 13 March 2012, Dr Stephanie Burns stood down as chair and Ellen Kullman, chair of the board and ceo of DuPont, took over as chair for the next year.
Later that evening, SCI America hosted the 79th Chemical Industry Medal Award Dinner.
The newly renovated Empire Room at the Waldorf Astoria New York was the setting, and the dinner was held in honour of David Weidman, Chairman and CEO of Celanese (pictured, with Dr Burns). A clear, bright, unseasonably warm, early Spring evening with more than 300 industry leaders, family and friends were in attendance - the largest turn-out in recent years. The evening began with a long receiving line stretching down the hotel's Silver Corridor and leading into a reception in the Vanderbilt Room. This year's crowd buzzed with the optimism of an industry growing and thriving after several difficult years.
Celanese, a Fortune 500 global chemical company based in Dallas, Texas is a technology leader in the production of speciality materials and chemical products, which are used in most major industrial and consumer applications.
Mr Weidman, a past Chairman of the SCI America International Group and of the American Chemistry Council, joined Celanese in 2000, served as President and CEO from 2004 and was appointed chair in 2007. Under his leadership, Celanese has achieved recognition as a forerunner in terms of globalisation, innovation, sustainability and safety.
David Weidman retired from Celanese just a month after the event and will devote his energies to charitable endeavours and his family. He was awarded a standing ovation in recognition of his outstanding leadership, foresight and contribution to the growth of the chemical industry.