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10 May 2012

Paul Booth will become SCI Honorary President at the AGM on 4 July 2012, succeeding Dr Stephanie Burns.

After spending much of his career with ICI, and then Huntsman, Paul is currently acting Vice President for the SABIC European region. SABIC is a fast-growing international chemicals business.

Paul is also a member of the Council of the Chemical Industries Association, chairman of North East of England Process Industry Cluster, an industrialist representative on the new Tees Valley Unlimited Local Enterprise Partnership and a board member for Plastics Europe North.

SABIC, headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, ranks among the world's top petrochemical companies. The company is among the world's market leaders in the production of polyethylene, polypropylene and other advanced thermoplastics, glycols, methanol and fertilisers.

SABIC's businesses are grouped into chemicals, polymers, performance chemicals, fertilisers, metals and innovative plastics. SABIC has significant research resources with 17 dedicated technology and innovation facilities in Saudi Arabia, the USA, the Netherlands, Spain, Japan, India and South Korea. The company operates in more than 40 countries, with more than 33,000 employees.

In Europe, SABIC is a major producer of plastics, chemicals and engineering plastics and employs approximately 6,000 people. It has manufacturing and research facilities in the Netherlands, Germany, UK, Italy, Austria, Belgium and Spain.

Paul has kindly agreed to present the Annual Summer Keynote Lecture on the topic of Chemical Connections on the evening of the AGM on 4 July 2012.

Welcoming Paul to SCI, Executive Director 2010-13, Joanne Lyall said, 'I look forward to introducing Paul Booth to you all at the AGM, and I feel confident that he will draw on his extensive networks and experience in the chemical industry to assist SCI to improve our reputation and reach'.

For more information, contact: SCI Marketing, T: +44 (0)20 7598 1579, F: +44 (0) 20 7598 1545, E: scimarketing@soci.org.

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