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Three Leaders Honored with Award During Opening Session
at Annual Technical Conference

ATLANTA, GA (September 24, 2012) - The  Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) today presented its inaugural Distinguished Leadership Award to three individuals for their outstanding leadership and work to advance the goals of CPI and address the important issues facing the industry. The award was presented at the opening session of the 2012 Polyurethanes Technical Conference , which runs from today through Wednesday at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta.

"The success of our organization wouldn't be possible without the important contributions of our volunteers," said CPI Steering Committee Chair Steve Snead-Smith. "I'm honored to present our Distinguished Leadership Award to these three industry leaders. Their valuable contributions have made significant impacts on our industry and will continue to do so for years to come."

Jim Chapman, Bayer MaterialScience

Jim Chapman has worked with CPI and its predecessor organizations for more than 30 years. He has been a strong and consistent promoter of product stewardship of isocyanates and polyurethanes. Chapman has served in leadership positions on a variety of CPI's product stewardship activities and the ACC Diisocyanates Panel , frequently offering the supplier perspective to CPI and other partner trade associations in the polyurethanes value chain. He has also served as a speaker at many of CPI's annual technical conferences.

Chapman, who is retiring from Bayer MaterialScience , currently serves as its manager of product safety for the polyurethane and TPU business groups. Prior to his work at Bayer, Chapman worked with CONSAD Research Corporation and USC Inc., and also served in the U.S. Navy.

Jean Kasakevich, Dow

Jean Kasakevich has volunteered with CPI for well over 10 years. She has been particularly active in CPI's product stewardship efforts, serving as chair of the organization's Product Stewardship Committee. She has also been active on the ACC Diisocyanates Panel and represents  Dow on the International Isocyanates Institute.

Kasakevich joined Dow in 1986 and currently serves as its global sustainability leader in the Polyurethanes business unit. In this role, she leads global efforts for polyurethanes product stewardship, product regulatory compliance, sustainability and issues management.

Roy Pask, BASF

Roy Pask has served as a volunteer with CPI and its predecessor organizations for more than 35 years. He is as an instructor for CPI's Polyurethane Professional Development Program and has also been actively involved in CPI's committees and conferences as a planner, moderator and speaker. Pask has also devoted his time and expertise to the Polyurethane Foam Association and the American Society for Testing and Materials, as well as other industry groups that serve the flexible foam market.

Pask, who will retire from  BASF later this year, is an expert in testing polyurethane foams and currently serves as BASF's Supervisor for Polymer Physics Urethanes R&D. Prior to his work with BASF, Pask worked with Wyandotte Chemicals.

CPI's Distinguished Leadership Award is conferred when an individual's activities, energy and commitment to innovation, product stewardship and sound science have contributed to the sustainability and betterment of the industry. The award is made by the Senior Director of CPI in consultation with the CPI Steering Committee.


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