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15 Feb 2012

The 2012 Chemical Industry Medal will be awarded to David Weidman, chairman and chief executive officer of Celanese Corporation, the America International Group has announced.

'Dave Weidman has shown tremendous business leadership in an evolving, and often volatile, global economy,' said Dr Stephanie Burns, Honorary President of SCI (2010-2012). 'He led Celanese's transformation from a German publicly-traded company to an American publicly-traded company and instilled in it a culture of continuous improvement, sustainability and safety. And he navigated Celanese through the recession, continuing its global expansion and challenging the company and the industry to become more strategic and more resilient in the process.'

Mr Weidman will receive the medal at a dinner in his honour on 13 March 2012, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.

About David Weidman
David Weidman is chairman and chief executive officer of Celanese Corporation, a Fortune 500 global technology and specialty materials company based in Dallas, Texas. Mr Weidman has served as president and chief executive officer since December 2004 and was appointed chairman by the board of directors in February 2007.

Mr Weidman is past chairman of SCI's America International Group and of the American Chemistry Council. He is a member of the board of America's Conservation Fund and serves on several advisory councils at the University of Michigan and Brigham Young University.

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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. 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 calibre of those who have been honored. Past recipients include Michael E Campbell, Jeffrey M Lipton, Dennis H Reilley, Raj L Gupta, Jon M Huntsman, and J Brian Ferguson.

About SCI America International Group
SCI America International Group, launched in 1894, provides a 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 also offers its members the opportunity to become part of an international network of industry thought leaders and researchers. Through specialised 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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