Petrochemical Heritage Award

Stephen Pryor

Stephen Pryor

2016 Winner: Stephen D. Pryor

Stephen Pryor, retired president of ExxonMobil Chemical Company, received the 20th annual Petrochemical Heritage Award on March 21, 2016, at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

The award was presented at the 2016 International Petrochemical Conference hosted by the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM).

About Stephen D. Pryor

Stephen D. Pryor retired as president of ExxonMobil Chemical Company on January 1, 2015, after more than 43 years of service to ExxonMobil.

Before his appointment in 2008 as president of ExxonMobil Chemical Company, he was president of ExxonMobil Refining and Supply Company and president of ExxonMobil Lubricants and Specialties Company. Beginning in 2004 he also served as a vice president of Exxon Mobil Corporation.

Before the Exxon-Mobil merger in 1999, Pryor was executive vice president of Mobil’s International Marketing and Refining Division and before that president of Mobil Asia Pacific. He joined Mobil Corporation in 1971 in the U.S. Marketing Division and subsequently led downstream and chemical business units based in Cyprus, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

He was a member of the executive committee of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) and a director of the International Council of Chemical Associations. He received the ACC’s Distinguished Leadership Award in 2014 and SCI’s Chemical Industry Medal in 2015. He chaired the Downstream Committee of the American Petroleum Institute and the Energy Committee of the National Association of Manufacturers.

Pryor serves as vice chair of the board of Lafayette College and chairs its capital campaign. He is also a former director of the Houston Symphony Society, and he and his wife, Kathy, are active in Catholic charities.

He earned a BA degree in biology from Lafayette College and an MBA from Harvard University.  

About the Petrochemical Heritage Award

CHF and the Founders Club established the Petrochemical Heritage Award in 1997 to recognize individuals who made outstanding contributions to the petrochemical community; to inspire achievement; and to promote public understanding of the modern sciences, industries, and economies. 

Past recipients of the award include Marvin Schlanger, Raj Gupta, Hiromasa Yonekura, Mohamed Al-Mady, Peter R. Huntsman, Dave C. Swalm, Dan L. Duncan, J. Virgil Waggoner, Ting Tsung (“T. T.”) Chao, William A. McMinn Jr., Harold A. Sorgenti, Herbert D. “Ted” Doan, Jon M. Huntsman, Gordon Cain, John T. Files, John R. Hall, and Ralph Landau.

About the Founders Club

The Founders Club was established in 1981 by a group of petrochemical industry executives who ultimately led the formation of the International Petrochemical Conference (IPC) as a separate entity within NPRA (now AFPM). The Founders Club today is a select group of individuals with a minimum of 25 years of distinguished service in the industry. The club hosts several events each year that allow members to engage with each other to promote the sustained global growth of the petrochemical industry. The Founders Club and its members participate to promote and maintain our industry’s high standards and principles by proudly advancing the legacy inherited from these original “Founders.”  

About American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers

AFPM is a trade association representing high-tech American manufacturers of virtually the entire U.S. supply of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, other fuels and home heating oil, as well as the petrochemicals used as building blocks for thousands of vital products in daily life. 

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