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DuPont Chief Science & Technology Officer receives award from Chemical Heritage Foundation

June 14, 2005
According to PRNewswire, DuPont Senior Vice President and Chief Science & Technology Officer Thomas M. Connelly, Jr. was presented the 2005 "Award for Executive Excellence" as part of the Chemical Heritage Foundation "Heritage Day 2005" ceremonies Friday, June 10. The award is given annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution in the field of commercial development and marketing in the chemical and allied industries. The Award for Executive Excellence is sponsored by the Commercial Development and Marketing Association (CDMA). During the ceremony, Connelly was recognized for being instrumental in leading the company toward products based on renewable resources. Under his guidance, DuPont has built on its resident core strengths in polymer science, chemistry, math, physics and engineering, while broadening its technology scope by adding world-class capabilities in biology and information science. A chemical engineer and an economist, Dr. Connelly became senior vice president and chief science and technology officer on Sept. 1, 2000, after serving as vice president and general manager of DuPont Fluoroproducts. Dr. Connelly graduated with highest honors from Princeton University with degrees in chemical engineering and economics. As a Winston Churchill Scholar, he received his doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Cambridge in 1977, and subsequently joined DuPont as a research engineer in the Elastomer Chemicals Department based in Wilmington, Del. Previous recipients of the Award for Executive Excellence include: Madeleine Jacobs - CEO, American Chemical Society; Carl Jennings — BASF; Raj Gupta — Rohm & Haas; Vince Calarco — Crompton Corp.; Hap Wagner — Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.; Donald Rumsfeld — Searle; Hal Sorgenti — Arco; and Al Giacco — Hercules.