2022 CME STEM Leadership Awards™
New York,
Metropolitan Club

2022 CME STEM Leadership Awards

2022. 12. 07 11 am - 2:30 pm ET


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Seifi Ghasemi

Air Products

Chairman, President and CEO
2022 STEM Leadership Honoree

Jim Fitterling


Chairman and CEO
2022 STEM Leadership Honoree

Keynote Speaker

James Green


Sr Advisor, Former Chief Scientist
2018 STEM Leadership Awardee for Propelling Science

Event Co-Chairs

Edward Monser

Emerson Electric Co

Ret. President

Jeffrey Dormo

Honeywell Advanced Materials

VP and GM, Fluorine Products



Metropolitan Club
1 E 60th Street
New York

Event times (ET)

11 am - 12 pm
Registration and reception

12 - 1 pm

1 pm - 2:30 pm
Award presentation

Event fees

Send registration information request to contact@cme-stem.org


The event organizers cordially invite you to join the Tenth Leadership Awards Luncheon and Gala Reception of Chemical Marketing and Economics (CME) at the New York Metropolitan Club on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. We will honor Air Products Chairman and CEO Seifi Ghasemi and Dow Chairman and CEO Jim Fitterling. The Event Co-Chairs are Honeywell Advanced Materials President Ken West and Emerson Electric Co Ret. President Edward Monser. The Keynote speaker is former NASA Chief Scientist James Green.

Please join the following 2022 STEM Supporters:
Merck & Co., Skadden, Air Products, Dow, BASF, LyondellBasell, Brunswick Group, Shearman & Sterling, HSBC, Honeywell, Pershing Square, Lazard, Trinseo, American Chemistry Council (ACC), World Energy, S&P Global, McKinsey, Deloitte, Arsenal Capital, Orbia, Hexion, DuPont, ACS Nuclear Division, among other STEM leading organizations.

Since 1954, CME has helped the industries of chemistry create sustainable solutions to humanity’s greatest challenges with exciting events, such as the CME STEM NASA Symposium, inspiring the over 150,000 members of the American Chemical Society, including 20,000 students. CME also provides free student industry luncheons on innovation and environmental social governance, scholarships, STEM awards for students and mentors, K-12 science festivals, and mentoring for young women and minorities in the STEM field.

We invite you to buy a table and bring guests, donate a table to STEM students, or send a STEM contribution. Please send an email to contact@cme-stem.org

Celebrating the leaders of today and enabling those of tomorrow. This has been the hallmark of the Chemical Marketing & Economics, Inc. (CME), a forward-looking non-profit dedicated to accelerating diverse science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent and leadership for sustainable innovation in energy, materials and life sciences.

CME brings together Nobel Laureates and the leaders of industry, government, academia, philanthropy, and the public to share cutting-edge insights in exciting events and award-winning programs—such as the CME STEM Leadership Awards™ and CME NASA Symposium co-organized with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Earth’s finest space agency, and Technical Divisions of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society.

The CME STEM Leadership Awards™ honors leaders with distinction in harnessing the transformative power of chemistry to advance humanity. Past honorees include Nobel Laureates Frances Arnold and Eric Betzig, Craig Venter (Human Genome Project), Roy Vagelos (Merck, Regeneron), James and Marilyn Simons (Simons Foundation), Henry Kravis (KKR), Martin Brudermüller (BASF), Bob Patel (LyondellBasell), Ed Breen (DowDuPont), David Skorton (Smithsonian), James Green (NASA), David Cote (Honeywell), and Robert Langer (MIT).


April 27, 2022 – Chemical Marketing & Economics, Inc. (CME) and Air Products (NYSE: APD) today announced that Seifi Ghasemi, chairman, president and chief executive officer at Air Products, will be the recipient of the CME STEM Leadership Award™ for Lifetime Achievement. Mr. Ghasemi will be honored at a reception and gala on December 7, 2022, at the Metropolitan Club in New York City.

“Mr. Ghasemi’s record of achievements has been breathtaking in financial returns, creating an inclusive, winning team and supporting programs for diverse STEM talent. His dedication enables the next generation of STEM professionals to participate in the company’s success,” CME Co-Chair Ms. Ksenia Takhistova noted. “Under his visionary leadership we have seen exciting pioneering strategies in gasification, carbon capture and hydrogen for mobility at Air Products, which drive its rapid expansion,” CME Co-Chair Mr. Steve Barnett stated.

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“When you are in the business world for decades, a few things become crystal clear,” said Ghasemi. First, the only sustainable competitive advantage a company has is the dedication and commitment of its people. Second, creating a culture where people can fully contribute―where they feel they belong and matter and their contributions are valued―is how you build an environment for everyone to thrive. And finally, when talented people come together, work together and innovate solutions to major energy and environmental challenges, they serve a higher purpose and play a significant role in making our world a better place. It is an honor to be recognized by CME, whose initiatives and STEM programs are driving these same ambitions – demonstrating to young people that they do make a difference by working in chemicals, materials and life sciences fields to help solve the challenges facing humanity.”

Ghasemi became chairman, president and chief executive officer of Air Products in July 2014. He leads the company’s more than 20,000 employees, whose industrial gases expertise is applied daily across dozens of industries to improve customers’ sustainability and performance, and as a first-mover in hydrogen-focused megaprojects that are key to the world’s energy transition.

Mr. Ghasemi is a member of The Business Council, an association of the chief executive officers of the world’s most important business enterprises. In 2020, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum. In 2019 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the US-China Business Council. Mr. Ghasemi also was the
recipient of the 2017 biennial International Palladium Medal from the Société de Chimie Industrielle for his distinguished contributions to the chemical industry.

Prior to joining Air Products, from 2001 to 2014 Mr. Ghasemi served as chairman and chief executive officer of Rockwood Holdings, a global leader in inorganic specialty chemicals and
advanced materials. From 1997-2001, he held leadership roles at GKN, a global industrial company, including positions as director of the Main Board of GKN, plc; and chairman and chief executive officer of GKN Sinter Metals, Inc. and Hoeganes Corporation. Earlier in his career, Mr. Ghasemi spent nearly 20 years with The BOC Group in positions including director of the Main Board of BOC Group, plc; president of BOC Gases Americas; and chairman and chief executive officer of BOC Process Plants Ltd. And Cryostar.

Mr. Ghasemi earned his undergraduate degree from Abadan Institute of Technology and holds an M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. He also was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Lafayette College in 2017 and an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2018.


Chemical Marketing & Economics, Inc. (CME) announced that Jim Fitterling, chairman and chief executive officer at Dow, will be the recipient of the CME STEM Leadership Award™ for Diversity and Inclusion. Jim Fitterling is the chairman and chief executive officer of Dow, a global materials science company with 2021 sales of $55 billion.

He has played a key role in the Company’s transformation, from lower-margin, commodity businesses to one more deeply focused on higher-growth, consumer demand-driven markets that value innovation – with the goal of creating the most innovative, customer-centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company in the world.

Fitterling was named chief executive officer-elect of Dow in March 2018, prior to becoming CEO in July 2018. He was elected chairman in April 2020. Before becoming CEO, he served as president and chief operating officer of Dow. From September 2017 through March 2019, he also served as chief operating officer for the Materials Science Division of DowDuPont, an $86 billion holding company comprised of The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont, created with the intent to form independent, publicly traded companies in materials science, agriculture and specialty products sectors. On April 1, 2019, Dow separated from DowDuPont.

During his 37-year career at Dow, Fitterling has held leadership positions in many of the Company’s business units, in corporate development and in business operations. In addition, he served as the business lead in Dow’s successful launch of its next-generation sustainability goals. At his direction, in January 2019, Dow became a founding member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), an initiative to accelerate efforts to drive innovation, provide much-needed resources, and take decisive action to put an end to plastic waste in the environment.

He joined Dow in 1984, two weeks after graduating from college, and has spent a third of his career in Asia. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

A passionate advocate for inclusion and diversity, Fitterling leads Dow’s drive to diversify its global talent. He actively serves as Executive Sponsor of Dow’s Global African Affinity Network and is widely recognized for his work supporting LGBT non-discrimination and LGBT+ workplace equality. In 2018, he was named #1 LGBT+ Executive on the “OUTstanding in Business” list published annually by INvolve. In 2021, he was inducted into the OUTstanding Hall of Fame. He joined the Out Leadership Global Advisory Board in 2019.

Fitterling is Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers; sits on the Board of Directors for 3M and is the immediate past Chair of the Board for The American Chemistry Council. He is on the Board of Directors for Catalyst, the U.S.-China Business Council, Business Roundtable, and the Detroit Economic Club. In addition, he’s a member of the American Heart Association’s CEO Roundtable, the Business Council, the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum, the World Economic Forum’s International Business Council, and the Dean’s Engineering Advisory Council for the University of Missouri’s College of Engineering. He is also a Trustee of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.

In 2018, Fitterling received the College of Engineering Alumni Award from the Mizzou Alumni Association for professional accomplishments and service to the university. He was honored in 2017 by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) with the “Doing a World of Good” Medal, for his dedication to safety in engineering, his advocacy of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and his professional and personal commitment to mentorship, and was inducted in the Great Lakes Bay Region Junior Achievement Hall of Fame in 2016 for his business and community leadership.

Fitterling lives in Midland, Michigan, USA.