J. Brian Ferguson, Executive Chairman of the Board of Eastman Chemical, to Be Awarded the 2011 SCI Chemical Industry Medal

October 21, 2010 - Philadelphia and Kingsport, TN

J. Brian Ferguson, Executive Chairman of the Board of Eastman Chemical, to Be Awarded the 2011 SCI Chemical Industry Medal

Award will be presented in New York City on March 8, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA, & KINGSPORT, TN—October 20, 2010—The Society of Chemical Industry, America International Group, announced today that the SCI Chemical Industry Medal will be presented to J. Brian Ferguson, executive chairman of the board of Eastman Chemical Company. He will receive the medal at a dinner in his honor on March 8, 2011, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.

“Brian Ferguson is a passionate and effective advocate for the chemical industry,” said Sunil Kumar, chairman of SCI. “He is receiving the medal in recognition of his leadership in the successful restructuring of his company during a period of tremendous change.”

About J. Brian Ferguson

J. Brian Ferguson became chairman and CEO of Eastman in 2002, a time when the country was in a recession and the industry in a downturn. He took decisive actions to restructure the company’s portfolio and reduce cyclicality of its businesses. These actions led to solid performance by Eastman during the worst market conditions in a generation and positioned the company to set record earnings coming out of the recession. As a spokesman for the industry, Ferguson is currently the chairman of the American Chemistry Council and has also served as a director of the National Association of Manufacturers and a member of the Business Roundtable.

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 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 Michael E. Campbell, Jeffrey M. Lipton, Dennis H. Reilley, Raj L. Gupta, and Jon M. Huntsman.

About SCI

SCI America International Group, launched in 1894, is part of the Society of Chemical Industry’s international organization. It provides a unique 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 section also offers its members the opportunity to become part of an international network of industry thought leaders and researchers. Through specialized 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.

SCI America events are managed by Chemical Heritage Foundation. 

About Eastman Chemical

Eastman’s chemicals, fibers, and plastics are used as key ingredients in products that people use every day. Approximately 10,000 Eastman employees around the world blend technical expertise and innovation to deliver practical solutions. The company is committed to finding sustainable business opportunities within the diverse markets it serves. A global company headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, Eastman had 2009 sales of $5 billion. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.


For more information, contact:
Tracy Broadwater
Eastman Chemical Company
E-mail: tkbroadwater@eastman.com
Web site: www.eastman.com
Neil Gussman
Chemical Heritage Foundation
E-mail: neilg@chemheritage.org

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