SCI America Honors ExxonMobil’s Pryor

Nov. 4, 2014
The Society of Chemical Industry, America Section will present the SCI Chemical Industry Medal to Stephen D. Pryor, president of ExxonMobil Chemical Company.

The Society of Chemical Industry, America Section (SCI America) will present the SCI Chemical Industry Medal to Stephen D. Pryor, president of ExxonMobil Chemical Company on March 10, 2015 in New York City. 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, according to SCI.

Pryor is president of ExxonMobil Chemical Company in Houston, Texas, and vice president, Exxon Mobil Corporation. He joined Mobil Oil Corporation in 1971 as a marketing representative and progressed through various managerial assignments. During the 1980s, he served as general manager in Cyprus and New Zealand, and in the 1990s, as vice president, U.S. Marketing and Refining; vice president, Mobil Chemical Company; president, Mobil Asia Pacific; and president, International Marketing and Refining.

Following the Exxon and Mobil merger in 1999, Pryor was named president, ExxonMobil Lubricants and Specialties Company, and in 2002, executive vice president, ExxonMobil Chemical Company. In 2004, he was appointed president, ExxonMobil Refining and Supply Company and returned to ExxonMobil Chemical in 2008 as president. ExxonMobil Chemical has 10,000 employees and manufacturing operations in 15 countries on five continents.

ExxonMobil Chemical has shown significant growth during Pryor’s tenure including an integrated refining and chemical manufacturing facility in Fujian, China; a doubling of chemical capacity in Singapore; a rubber and elastomers project with SABIC; and expansions in Baytown, TX. Pryor serves as a member of the ACC board of directors and its executive committee, and he heads the ACC global strategy committee. He is also an active member of the board of directors and of the executive strategy group of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), where he has been instrumental in advancing worldwide industry adoption of the Responsible Care initiative. He has also served on the SCI America executive committee. Pryor earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Lafayette College, where he is vice chairman of the board of trustees, and an MBA from Harvard University.

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