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NRI Raj Gupta selected for most prestigious Chemical Industry Medal 2007

Houston, Jan 10, 2007
Ashok Mehta

NRI, president and CEO of Rohm and Haas company has been chosen for the chemical industry's most prestigious, 2007 chemical industry medal by Society of Chemical Industry (SCI). SCI was established in 1881, has modernised and extended its established awards scheme to reflect the Society’s commitment towards raising awareness of science, education and ground-breaking innovation

"People all over the world want the same thing, regardless of nationality or ethnic origin," Raj L Gupta says. "They want to have an equal opportunity to demonstrate their talents, to work for a company of which they can be proud, and to put their talents to help improve the quality of life for themselves and for others. The global chemical industry provides all of those opportunities, and more."

Mr. Gupta was born in Muzzaffarnagar, India. He holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (1967), a M.S. degree in Operations Research from Cornell University (1969), and a M.B.A. in Finance from Drexel University (1972).

Raj L. Gupta is a Chairman and CEO, Rohm and Haas. He joined Rohm and Haas in 1971 as a financial analyst. He held positions of increasing responsibility during the decade, including a two-year stint as special assistant to the president of the company.

In 1979, he began work in Europe, first as financial manager of the U.K. subsidiary, then as strategic planning director for the region, and finally as assistant manager for the company's substantial operations in France.

In 1984, Mr. Gupta was named business manager for Ion Exchange Resins in Europe. In 1987, he took on the responsibilities of business director for Plastics in Europe. Two years later, Mr. Gupta became business unit director for the worldwide Plastics Additives business.

He was elected a vice president of the company and was named director for the Pacific Region in 1993. Early in 1996, Mr. Gupta became one of six members of the Chairman's Committee and given oversight responsibility for the company's Electronic Materials business group.

In December 1998, Mr. Gupta was elected to the Board of Directors and named Vice Chairman effective January 1999. He became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer effective October 1, 1999.

Mr. Gupta sits on the board of trustees for Drexel University. He is a member of the board of Technitrol, Agere Systems, The Vanguard Group, the American Chemistry Council, and the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

He and his wife, Kamla, are residents of St. Davids, Pennsylvania.

Rohm and Haas Company

At Rohm and Haas imagination means exploring the frontiers of technology – pushing beyond conventional boundaries to create products once thought impossible. Imagination is information racing at the speed of light through electronic devices, microscopic light-reflecting polymers protecting skin from harmful solar rays, and adhesives helping buildings stand firm above violently shaking earthquake ground. These are just glimpses of the imagination of Rohm and Haas.

From maintaining the freshness in fruits and vegetables to purifying antibiotics, we help customers create products that enhance the way of life for people around the world. Today Rohm and Haas extends to the far corners of the earth, with sales in more than 100 countries. As a global company we meet fast-changing market requirements with advancements in technology and progressive thinking – yet always with respect and understanding for local custom and need.

As the leading producer of specialty materials with revolutionary developments in everything from electronic materials and polymers for paints to personal care products, Rohm and Haas will continue to bring innovation to market, imagining new possibilities to help you succeed in yours. Let us imagine the possibilities™ with you.

During his 35-year career with Rohm and Haas, Gupta has transformed the company into a global powerhouse that generates revenues of $8 billion a year.



Raj Gupta president and CEO of Rohm and Haas company