Chemical Industry Medal


History and Purpose: The Chemical Industry Medal, established in 1933, replaced the coveted Grasselli Medal, which had been sponsored by the Grasselli Chemical Company and awarded by SCI America for more than a decade. Presentation of the Chemical Industry Medal is made annually to a recipient who has rendered conspicuous service to chemical industry medalapplied chemistry and is selected by the SCI America Executive Committee.  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. A desire to honor such people, those who have made a personal contribution to the advance of society and economy through technology, is at the core of the America Group’s identity. For over 100 years, leaders of the Group, all of whom operate at the highest ranks of American industry, have been enthusiasts for the excitement of the possibilities that can flow from marrying science with industry. The medal has attained distinction by reason of the outstanding achievements and caliber of those who have been honored The Chemical Industry Medal is conferred at a special banquet held in honor of the winner at New York’s famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Throughout the 20th century, and now in the 21st century, these events have been regarded as ‘must attend’ occasions across the spectrum of science-based industry and commerce. The matchless contact-building opportunities provided by such occasions is demonstrated by the caliber of those participants.

2019 Medalist – Neil A. Chapman

Chapman Headshot“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.

Past Chemical Industry Medal Award winners
Chemical Industry Medal Award nomination rules
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