NRI Raj Gupta selected for most prestigious
Chemical Industry Medal 2007
Houston, Jan 10, 2007
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
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
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
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.