AIChE Gala Honorees & Dinner Chairs

Honoring

Pfizer Inc

Accepting on behalf of Pfizer Inc is Ian C. Read, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer


As the professional home of many successful women, Pfizer Inc values diversity and inclusion as crucial component to building its business and company culture.

From grass-roots STEM programs to the executive suite, Pfizer Inc has made investing in women professionals a priority.

Covestro LLC

Accepting on behalf of Covestro LLC is Jerry MacCleary, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

As an innovation company, Covestro recognizes the importance of building a diverse and inclusive culture – one that engages and supports bright people with bright ideas, tapping into different perspectives to push boundaries in innovation.

This commitment is reflected in the company’s efforts to advance women in STEM – from empowering its own employees to inspiring the next generation of female talent.

Gala Dinner Chairs

Christine Bryant

Senior Vice President, Polyurethanes – North America, Covestro LLC

With more than 20 years at Covestro, Christine has spent her career developing strategic external partnerships while expanding the customer portfolio and ensuring increased market penetration.

Karen S. Carter

Chief Inclusion Officer, The Dow Chemical Company

Dow’s first Chief Inclusion Officer, she will lead a team to drive Dow into the forefront of inclusive companies and integrate diversity and inclusion as a key driver and enabler of the Company’s growth strategy.

Susan Ellerbusch

Chief Executive Officer, Air Liquide USA LLC

Susan Ellerbusch has been appointed chief executive officer of Air Liquide USA LLC, a U.S. subsidiary of Air Liquide, the global leader in gases, technologies and services for industry and health.

Honoring

Bhavesh V. (Bob) Patel

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Management Board, LyondellBasell

Bhavesh V. (Bob) Patel is chief executive officer and chairman of the management board of LyondellBasell, one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world.

Jack Futcher

President & Chief Operating Officer, Bechtel Group, Inc.

Jack Futcher is president and chief operating officer of Bechtel Group, Inc. He is responsible for the management, and oversight of Bechtel’s global operations, is chairman of the operating committee, and a member of the company’s board of directors.

Gala Dinner Chairs

Jeff Sipes

Principal Vice President Marketing and Business Development , Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals

Jeff Sipes is the manager of Marketing and Business Development for Bechtel Oil, Gas & Chemicals based in Houston, Texas.

Gavin P. Towler

Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies

Dr. Gavin Towler is the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Honeywell Performance Materials Technologies (PMT).

Honoring

3M: Inge G. Thulin

Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer , 3M

Inge G. Thulin began his career with 3M Europe in 1979, and assumed key roles in marketing, sales and management over the course of his career. In 2003, he was appointed 3M’s executive vice president for international operations and, in 2011, was named executive vice president and chief...

Biogen: George A. Scangos

Chief Executive Officer, Biogen

George A. Scangos, Ph.D., is the Chief Executive Officer of Biogen, Inc. and has served in this position and as a member of Biogen’s Board of Directors since July 2010. From 1996 to July 2010, Dr. Scangos served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Exelixis, Inc., a drug...

Gala Dinner Chairs

Mo Hossain

Managing Partner and Founder , Ennovance Capital

Mo Hossain is a member of Ennovance Group’s Investment Committee and is the founding Managing Partner of Ennovance Capital. Mr. Hossain leads investments across various classes of alternative assets ranging from hedge fund allocations to private equity investments.  Mr. Hossain has a...

Rosalind Hudnell

Vice President, Worldwide Corporate Affairs & President, Intel Foundation

Roz oversees professionals in nearly two-dozen countries working to inspire and engage the world’s next generation of technology innovators, continuing Intel’s long-standing commitment to corporate responsibility and social impact...

Ashish K. Khandpur

Senior Vice President of Research and Development and Chief Technology Officer , 3M

Dr. Ashish K. Khandpur is 3M’s chief technology officer and senior vice president of Research and Development. With the company for more than 20 years, he leads about 8,300 researchers around the world.

Ashish began his 3M career as a senior research engineer in 1995. Over the years...

Paul McKenzie

Executive Vice President, Pharmaceutical Operations and Technology, Biogen

Paul McKenzie is the Executive Vice President of Pharmaceutical Operations & Technology at Biogen and has served in this position since July 2016. Dr. McKenzie is responsible for asset management, technical development, global manufacturing, supply chain operations, quality, and engineering...

Teressa Szelest

President, Market & Business Development North America, BASF Corporation

Teressa Szelest began her current role as President, Market & Business Development North America BASF Corporation on May 1,2015. She is responsible for BASF’s strategic business development and marketing across the region, focusing on customer relations and forging new business...

Honoring

Rex W. Tillerson

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, ExxonMobil

A native of Wichita Falls, Texas, Rex Tillerson earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering at the University of Texas at Austin before joining Exxon Company, U.S.A. in 1975 as a production engineer.

In 1989, he became general manager of Exxon Company U.S.A.’s central...

Andrew N. Liveris

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, The Dow Chemical Company

Andrew N. Liveris is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Dow Chemical Company, a global technology company focused on developing innovative solutions at the intersections of the physical, materials, polymer and biological sciences with 2014 annual sales of more than $58 billion.

Mark J. Costa

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer , Eastman Chemical Company

Mark J. Costa is Chief Executive Officer of Eastman Chemical Company and Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors. The fourth CEO in Eastman’s 20-year history as a public company, Mark has been instrumental in developing the strategies and strengthening the capabilities that have...

Gala Dinner Chairs

Neil A. Chapman

Neil A. Chapman is President of ExxonMobil Chemical Company in Houston, Texas.

Before his appointment January 1, 2015, he was senior vice president of the company’s global polymers businesses, a position he held since 2011. He served as executive assistant to the Chairman of...

Jim Fitterling

Chief Operating Officer for the Materials Science Division , DowDuPont

Jim Fitterling is the Chief Executive Officer for The Dow Chemical Company and the Chief Operating Officer for the Materials Science Division of DowDuPont, a $73 billion1 holding company comprised of The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont with the intent to form independent,...

Mark K. Cox

Senior Vice President, Chief Manufacturing and Engineering Officer, Eastman Chemical Company

Mark K. Cox is Senior Vice President, Chief Manufacturing and Engineering Officer for Eastman Chemical Company.

Mark has responsibility for Eastman's global manufacturing, engineering and construction operations. He was previously Vice President, Worldwide Engineering &...

Thomas M. Hayes

Corporate Vice President, Operations, Cargill

Tom Hayes serves as corporate vice president of global operations at Cargill, a provider of food, agriculture, financial and industrial products. In this role he is responsible for Environment, Health and Safety and Plant Operations across Cargill’s 1,500 diverse locations in 67 countries...

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Patricia A. Woertz

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Archer Daniels Midland Company

Patricia A. Woertz is chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Archer Daniels Midland Company. She joined ADM as CEO and president in April 2006.

Ryan M. Lance

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ConocoPhillips

Ryan M. Lance is chairman and chief executive officer of ConocoPhillips, the world’s largest independent exploration and production company based on production and reserves. He has held this position since mid-2012.

Ryan is a petroleum engineer with 28 years of oil and natural gas...

Gala Dinner Chairs

Todd A. Werpy

Dr. Todd Werpy is senior vice president, Research & Development, for Archer Daniels Midland Company. In this role, he has responsibility for all corporate research and development functions, including overseeing ADM’s efforts to expand its product portfolio and strengthening research...

Karen A. Fletcher

Karen A. Fletcher is vice president of DuPont Engineering, Facilities Services & Real Estate and Chief Engineer. She joined DuPont in 1982 in the Engineering Field Program and was assigned to Parkersburg, W.Va., as an engineer in Teflon® research and development.

From 1982-1990,...

Honoring

David Cote

Chairman and CEO, Honeywell

Dave Cote is chairman and CEO of Honeywell, a $38 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. He was elected president...

David T. Seaton

Chairman and CEO, Fluor Corporation

David Seaton is the chairman and chief executive officer of Fluor Corporation, one of the largest publicly held engineering and construction companies in the world.  He was named Fluor's CEO and joined its board of directors in February of 2011.  In February 2012, he was elected...

Stephen F. Angel

Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Praxair, Inc.

Steve Angel is chairman, president and CEO of Praxair, Inc., an $11 billion industrial gases company of 27,000 employees operating in over 50 countries. He became chairman in May 2007 and has been president and chief executive officer since January 2007.

Gala Dinner Chairs

Richard White

Chief Operating Officer and Interim CEO, Avantor

Richard White serves as Avantor's Chief Operating Officer and interim CEO. He joined the company in 2012 as executive vice president of operations, directing the company’s global efforts in manufacturing, logistics/supply chain, quality, procurement and EHS&S (environment, health, safety and security).

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John S. Watson

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Chevron

John S. Watson is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Chevron Corporation, a position he has held since 2010.

Previously Watson served as vice chairman of the board from 2009 to 2010 and was responsible for business development; mergers and acquisitions; strategic...

Ellen Kullman

Chair of the Board & Chief Executive Officer, Dupont

Ellen Kullman, 56, is chair of the board and chief executive officer of DuPont. She is the 19th executive to lead the company in more than 208 years of DuPont history.

Ellen became CEO on Jan.1, 2009, and chair of the board on Dec. 31 that year. She was president from Oct. 1 through Dec....

Gala Dinner Chairs

Stephen F. Angel

Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Praxair, Inc.

Steve Angel is chairman, president and CEO of Praxair, Inc., an $11 billion industrial gases company of 27,000 employees operating in over 50 countries. He became chairman in May 2007 and has been president and chief executive officer since January 2007.

Monty M. Alger

Director, Penn State Institute for Natural Gas Research and Professor of Chemical Engineering

Monty Alger is the Director of the Penn State Institute for Natural Gas Research and Professor of Chemical Engineering. Prior to Penn State, he was vice president and chief technology officer with Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. responsible for R&D.

He worked 23 years at General...

Thomas M. Connelly, Jr.

Executive Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer, DuPont

Thomas M. Connelly, Jr. is Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer of DuPont, and a member of the company's Office of the Chief Executive. He has responsibility for Applied BioSciences, Nutrition & Health, Performance Polymers, and Packaging & Industrial Polymers businesses...

Emil Jacobs

Vice President of R&D, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering

In 1978, Emil joined Exxon Research and Engineering Company (ER&E) as a research engineer at their development laboratory in Baytown, Texas.  He held various technical positions in synthetic fuels and petroleum processing R&D. He also had assignments as site operations manager and...

Marvin O. Schlanger

Marvin O. Schlanger is Chairman of the Board and former CEO of CEVA Group, plc, a $9 Billion international logistics supplier and is a principal in the firm of Cherry Hill Chemical Investments, LLC, which provides management services and capital to the chemical and allied industries.

Honoring

Marvin O. Schlanger

Marvin O. Schlanger is Chairman of the Board and former CEO of CEVA Group, plc, a $9 Billion international logistics supplier and is a principal in the firm of Cherry Hill Chemical Investments, LLC, which provides management services and capital to the chemical and allied industries.

Sheri McCoy

Chief Executive Officer, Avon Products INC.

Sheri S. McCoy is the former Vice Chairman, Executive Committee, Johnson & Johnson. She was responsible for the Pharmaceutical and Consumer business segments. She was named to this role in December 2010. She previously led the Company’s Surgical and Pharmaceutical businesses.Sheri began her...

Stephanie A. Burns

Board of Directors, Corning Incorporated

Dr. Burns has nearly 30 years of global innovation and business leadership experience. Dr. Burns joined Dow Corning in 1983 as a researcher and specialist in organosilicon chemistry. In 1994, she became the company’s first director of women’s health. She was elected to the Dow Corning Board of...

Emil Jacobs

Vice President of R&D, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering

In 1978, Emil joined Exxon Research and Engineering Company (ER&E) as a research engineer at their development laboratory in Baytown, Texas.  He held various technical positions in synthetic fuels and petroleum processing R&D. He also had assignments as site operations manager and...

Gala Dinner Chairs

Monty M. Alger

Director, Penn State Institute for Natural Gas Research and Professor of Chemical Engineering

Monty Alger is the Director of the Penn State Institute for Natural Gas Research and Professor of Chemical Engineering. Prior to Penn State, he was vice president and chief technology officer with Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. responsible for R&D.

He worked 23 years at General...