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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 6, 2012) - The American Chemistry Council (ACC) yesterday presented its Distinguished Leadership Award to two of the industry's top executives before an audience of their peers gathered at ACC's annual meeting. The Distinguished Leadership Award was last presented in 2009 and was established to recognize and thank those individuals who have provided outstanding leadership and advanced the goals of the industry and the interests of ACC members . The 2012 award was presented to Greg Babe, President and CEO of  Bayer Corporation and Dave Kepler, Executive Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer and Chief Information Officer of Dow .

"As an industry, our credibility rests on our operational, environmental and societal performance. Both Greg Babe and Dave Kepler have demonstrated a level of leadership, dedication and commitment to stewardship that has benefitted not only their companies, but also ACC and the entire industry," said Cal Dooley , ACC's President and CEO. 

As chair of ACC's Board Committee on  Responsible Care® Babe has overseen the initiative's first strategic review in nearly a decade, designed to enhance the program and guide its future direction and focus. In addition to his contributions to ACC's Responsible Care initiative, Babe formerly served as chair of the Council's Science and Research Sub-Committee and was instrumental in helping better connect science and policy in a common sense, practical way.

As Co-Chair of ACC's Executive Rail Group, Dave Kepler served as a key advisor on issues involving rail competition and hazardous materials transportation. As Board Public Affairs Committee chair, he also played a leading role in helping ACC identify important emerging issues, such as cyber security , working to ensure that they became integrated into the Council's advocacy portfolio. As a member of the ACC's Board Chemical Management Committee, Kepler was integral in helping steer ACC's chemical management and TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act) advocacy , including development of the Council's TSCA Modernization Principles .

"Greg and Dave are both role models of this industry's commitment to innovation, product stewardship and sound science. Their leadership contributions have played an important part in making ACC better and stronger today than yesterday," said Dooley.

Both Babe and Kepler served on ACC's Board of Directors and Executive Committee.


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