PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Society of Chemical Industry, America Section (SCI America), announced today that the 2017 SCI Chemical Industry Medal will be presented to Andreas C. Kramvis, vice chairman of Honeywell and former president and chief executive officer of Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies. He will receive the medal at a dinner in his honor on March 7, 2017, at the Plaza Hotel in New York.
The SCI Chemical Industry Medal honors an individual whose leadership, commitment and contributions have been responsible for substantial progress and performance of the chemical industry. In addition to being an active guiding force in the management of their company during periods of expansion, challenging conditions, or substantial redirection, recipients are known for service rendered to the industry as a whole. "We are honored to award this year's Chemical Industry Medal to Andreas Kramvis," said Fred Festa, chairman and chief executive officer of W. R. Grace & Co. and chair of SCI. "Andreas has had a highly successful career, driving terrific performance in the businesses that he has led. He is also well known as a thought leader in management methodology. His progressive ideas have helped to change the way business is conducted, using no additional resources. His contributions to our industry cannot be overstated." Andreas C. Kramvis began his career in Europe and has global experience as an executive in a variety of industries. He joined Honeywell in 2000 after the company's acquisition of Pittway. He became president and chief executive officer of Honeywell's Environmental and Combustion Controls global business, where he achieved major increases in market share and established strong profitability. In 2008 he was named president and CEO of Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies, a business group that he successfully guided through the recession, increasing sales by approximately 30 percent to become a $7 billion business. He also worked in consumer goods for Cadbury-Schweppes PLC, computer peripherals with Comtech, and security with Pittway, which later became part of Honeywell.