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2019 CME's STEM Leadership Awards to Honor the Leaders of BASF SE and LyondellBasell
On December 10, 2019 CME celebrates today's leaders and enable those of tomorrow at the Metropolitan Club- Flier



Outstanding Global Growth.

Bob Patel
LyondellBasell CEO

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Extraordinary Innovation

Martin Brudermueller
BASF SE Chairman and CTO

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Merit and Biographies


Martin Brudermueller - 2019 Extraordinary Innovation Leadership Award

Martin Brudermüller – Chairman and Chief Technology Officer of BASF SE. Having lived in three continents and established an impeccable reputation as an innovation leader in various fields of chemistry, Brudermüller brings an exceptional global business and technology perspective to the chemical industry. As artificial intelligence plays an even larger role, Brudermüller’s commitment to industry leadership is exemplified by the deployment of the most powerful computer in the chemical industry. At 1.75 quadrillion calculations per second, QURIOSITY – the new BASF super computer – accelerates discovery, makes manufacturing processes more efficient, optimizes logistics faster than ever before and supports completely new digital business models.

Brudermüller was born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1961. He received his degree in Chemistry at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1985. After earning his doctorate in Karlsruhe in 1987, he did a postdoc at the University of California, Berkeley. He joined BASF in 1988 as a research scientist in the Ammonia Laboratory. Subsequently, he had various positions in business, production and strategic planning until he became president of the Functional Polymers division in 2003. Brudermüller has been a member of the Board of Executive Directors since 2006. From 2011 he assumed the position of the Vice Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE and since 2015 additionally Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

In May 2018 Brudermüller became Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors and Chief Technology Officer (CTO). He is member of various institutions and academies, including the Senate Committees of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science and the German National Academy of Science and Engineering.


Bob Patel - 2019 Outstanding Global Growth Leadership Award

Bob Patel – CEO of LyondellBasell. In 2018, LyondellBasell, one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world, completed the acquisition of A. Schulman, Inc. expanding the company’s reach into additional high-growth, high-margin end markets; broke ground on the world’s largest propylene oxide and tertiary butyl alcohol (PO/TBA)  plant; and plans to start up the world’s first Hyperzone PE plant in 2019. Mr. Patel assumed the position of CEO in January 2015 after having served as executive vice president, Olefins and Polyolefins and previously senior vice president. Mr. Patel joined LyondellBasell in March 2010 and as executive vice president successfully led the restructuring of key company’s O&P and Technology segments, focusing on achieving best-in-class operational and commercial excellence.  

Mr. Patel was responsible for LyondellBasell’s manufacturing facilities and commercial operations. In 2011, he led the effort to reposition the business, increasing overall competitiveness, efficiency and earnings. As CEO, Mr. Patel has focused on leading the next phase of the company’s long-term growth strategy. Under Mr. Patel’s leadership, LyondellBasell was named to Fortune Magazine’s list of “World’s Most Admired Companies” in 2018 and 2019. 

Previously, Mr. Patel held positions at Chevron for more than 20 years. Mr. Patel is a member of the Business Council and The Business Roundtable. He previously served as the 2018 chairman of the American Chemistry Council. Mr. Patel serves on the board of Union Pacific Corporation. He earned a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from The Ohio State University and holds a Master of Business Administration from Temple University.