Dr. Jürgen F. Strube, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BASF Aktiengesellschaft, to be Awarded the 2005 International Palladium Medal by the Société de Chimie Industrielle–American Section

Peter Young, Chairman of the International Palladium Medal Award Committee of the Société de Chimie Industrielle–American Section announced today that the prestigious international award will be made to Dr. Jürgen F. Strube, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BASF Aktiengesellschaft, in recognition of his many distinguished contributions to the chemical industry and, thereby to the enhancement of the international aims and objectives of the Société de Chimie Industrielle. He has not only made enormous contributions to the success of his company, but he has served the chemical industry well as a positive and tireless statesman and promoter of the industry. Dr. Strube will receive the International Palladium Medal at a dinner in his honor on May 26, 2005, in the Grand Ballroom of the Roosevelt Hotel in New York.

New York, NY (PRWEB) January 8, 2005 -- The award was established in 1958 and the first Palladium Medal was presented to Ernest-John Solvay of Belgium. Twenty-one subsequent awards have been made to American, French, British, and German recipients. The recipients were: Werner C. Brown (Hercules), Vincent A. Calarco (Crompton), Harry Corless (ICI), Earnest W. Deavenport, Jr. (Eastman Chemical Company), Jean-Rene Fourtou (Rhône-Poulenc), Thomas G. Gibian (Henkel), Thomas L. Gossage (Hercules), J. Peter Grace (W.R. Grace), Edward R. Kane (DuPont), William W. Keeler (Phillips Petroleum), Robert D. Kennedy (Union Carbide), Gerald D. Laubach (Pfizer), Paul F. Oreffice (Dow Chemical), Frank Popoff (Dow Chemical), Monroe J. Rathbone (Standard Oil), William S. Stavropolous (Dow), Charles A. Thomas (Monsanto), Paul Toinet (Bayer), Konrad M. Weis (Bayer), Henry S. Wingate (International Nickel), Karl Winnackker (Hoechst), and Edgar S. Woolard, Jr. (DuPont).

Dr. Jürgen Strube was born in Bochum, Germany, in 1939. He studied law from 1960 to 1964 in Freiburg, Germany; Geneva, Switzerland; and Munich, Germany, and obtained his doctorate in law in 1967. In 1968, he passed the second state examination in law.

Dr. Strube has more than 35 years of experience in the chemical industry. Dr. Strube joined BASF in 1969 as a member of the Finance Department. Shortly thereafter he worked at BASF Antwerpen N.V. in Belgium before being transferred to the Logistics division in Germany. In 1974, he was assigned to BASF Brasileira S.A. in Brazil. He was promoted to be head of Glasurit do Brasil Ltda. in 1980, and the President of the Brazil division in 1982. In 1985, he moved to head the company’s U.S. operations in New Jersey, and became a member of the Board of Executive Directors. In 1988, he returned to the company’s headquarters in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

From 1990 until May 2003, he served as Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF Aktiengesellschaft in Germany. Since May 2003, he has been the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BASF Aktiengesellschaft in Germany. Since July 2003, he has also served as President of UNICE, Brussels (Union of Industrial and Employers’ Confederations of Europe). He is also Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Fuchs Petrolub AG in Mannheim, Germany.

Dr. Strube has had a long and distinguished career of service to the chemical industry and its associations. In the past, he was a member of the Board of the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) and was that group’s President from 1996 to 1997. He was a founding member of the German “Employment Initiative,” and Deputy Chairman and a Member of the Board of the German Science Foundation. At present, he is a Member of the Transatlantic Business Dialogue, a member of the Advisory Board of the Mercosur-EU Business Forum, a Member of the Supervisory Board of the Center for European Economic Research, a Member of the Steering Committee of the Germany Industry Association (BDI), and a Member of the Steering Committee of the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA).

His other honors and titles include: “Honored Dignitary” (Dr. h.c.) of the University of Maryland, University College, Maryland; Honorary senator of Mannheim University, Germany; Honorary professor of the German Postgraduate School of Administrative Sciences in Speyer, Germany; Awarded the Centenary Medal of the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), London, England; Awarded the Order of Merit, 1st Class, of the Federal Republic of Germany.

BASF is the world’s largest chemical company. BASF’s goal is to grow profitably and further increase the value of the company. BASF’s strives to help its customers to be more successful through intelligent system solutions and high-quality products. BASF’s portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals to crude oil and natural gas. The company’s philosophy is to conduct its business in accordance with the principles of sustainable development. In 2003, BASF had sales of more than €33 billion (circa $42 billion). BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA), New York (BF), Paris (BA) and Zurich (AN).

For further information about the International Palladium Medal Award or the award dinner on May 26, 2005, please contact Peter Young at 212-682-5555.

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