Exxon Mobil’s Neil A. Chapman to Recieve 2019 SCI Chemical Industry Medal


Chapman HeadshotThe Society of Chemical Industry, America Section (SCI America), announced today that the 2019 SCI Chemical Industry Medal will be presented to Neil A. Chapman, Senior Vice President of Exxon Mobil Corporation. He will receive the medal at a formal dinner convened in his honor on March 12, 2019 at the Essex House in New York City.

The SCI Chemical Industry Medal honors an individual 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 organization 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 chief executive officer of Hexion, Inc. and chairman of the Society of Chemical Industry. “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 optimize marketing channels has been a boon to the entire industry. We are thrilled to honor him at the ceremony in March.”

Chapman joined Esso Chemical in 1984 at the Esso refinery in Fawley, U.K. He has held a range of senior engineering, operations, planning and marketing roles in various chemicals affiliates in the United Kingdom, Belgium, United States 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 United Kingdom before becoming vice president, Industrial and Wholesale Fuels based in the United States.

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 centers, 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 Jan. 1, 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. Presentation is made annually to a recipient selected by the Executive Committee of the America Section of the SCI. 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 caliber of those who have been honored. Past recipients include Steve Pryor, Sunil Kumar, Andrew N. Liveris, David N. Weidman, J. Brian Ferguson, Michael E. Campbell, and Jeffrey M. Lipton. For a complete list of winners, see SCI CIM winners.

About the Society of Chemical Industry

SCI America was founded in 1894 in New York City. 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 organization 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 emphasize the role of creative research in the global economy. For more information, visit SCI America’s website: 

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