NEW YORK, October — 2017 The Chemists’ Club announced today that Heinz Haller, executive vice president and president of Europe, Middle East, Africa, and India of The Dow Chemical Company, will receive the 2017 Winthrop-Sears Medal for entrepreneurial achievement.
Haller, who is based in Zurich, Switzerland, will be honored by The Chemists’ Club at their annual Egg Nog Dinner on December 14 at the New York Academy of Sciences. Previous winners include Jon Huntsman, Robert Gore, Gordon Cain, Leonard Pool, Harold Sorgenti and others.
“Heinz Haller’s leadership and creative strategies have contributed immeasurably to the growth and success of Dow over the years,” said Dr. Roland Stefandl, president of The Chemists’ Club.
Haller joined Dow in 1980 as a sales representative in Switzerland and developed his career in a variety of marketing and commercial roles across many Dow businesses. In 2006, Haller assumed an executive leadership role in charge of strategy development for the corporation. In 2007, he was named executive vice president for the Performance Products Division, and Dow AgroSciences. He also took on responsibility for Latin America and the Pacific area. He was named to his present role in 2012.
The Winthrop-Sears Medal was established by The Chemists’ Club in 1970 to recognize individuals who, by their entrepreneurial action, have contributed to the vitality of the chemical industry and the betterment of mankind. The medal is named in honor of two of America’s earliest chemical entrepreneurs, John Winthrop, Jr., considered to be the first chemist in America, and John Sears, creator of the Massachusetts salt industry.
Founded in 1898, The Chemists’ Club is a non-profit organization whose membership is open to anyone with an interest in the chemical sciences, including students. Members include chemists and chemical engineers, attorneys, consultants, security analysts, academics and others. The Club works with its student chapters (dues free) to encourage the study of the chemical sciences and to help the students make informed career choices, better prepare them for those careers and help them get jobs. For professional members, the Club hosts programs that provide forums for career development and networking opportunities to meet and learn from other professionals.