Bruce Chinn, the recently retired president and CEO of Chevron Phillips Chemical, received recognition today at the World Petrochemical Conference for his leadership in enhancing the diversity of the STEM talent pool within the petrochemical industry.

The Chemical Marketing & Economics, Inc. and S&P Global Commodity Insights bestowed upon him the CME STEM Leadership Award™ for Propelling Diverse Talent at the S&P Global Commodity Insights’ World Petrochemical Conference in Houston on March 19.

Ksenia Takhistova, co-chair of CME, remarked, “Bruce Chinn’s leadership in promoting diverse STEM talent and facilitating their pursuit of professional aspirations has contributed significantly to CPChem’s robust company culture and its pursuit of excellence across all business facets.”

Chinn has played a pivotal role in reshaping support for STEM students within professional associations, fostering collaboration with communities to encourage investment in economic development and educational opportunities.

Since 2017, CPChem has sponsored CME’s acclaimed NASA Symposium and other impactful STEM innovation programmes, benefiting over 50,000 diverse students. In 2020, CPChem was among the pioneering companies supporting the Future of STEM Scholars Initiative, aiding students in pursuing STEM degrees at historically black colleges and universities. To date, CPChem has pledged more than $1.4 million to FOSSI, contributing to the industry’s collective efforts, which have raised over $40 million in scholarships to support over 600 students.

Chinn emphasized CPChem’s reliance on STEM innovation, propelled by employees with diverse backgrounds, experience levels, talents, perspectives, and decision-making styles.

“We believe that the industry plays a pivotal role in supporting programmes like those of CME, NASA, and FOSSI, which empower diverse STEM talent for both current and future job demands,” Chinn stated. “Our investment in STEM education fosters sustainable manufacturing, enhances business performance, promotes environmental stewardship, and fuels economic growth. We are profoundly grateful for S&P Global Commodity Insights’ collaboration with CME at WPC, inspiring diverse STEM leadership for sustainable innovation.”

Chinn, who retired from his role as president and CEO of CPChem at the end of February, embarked on his career at DuPont before joining Chevron in 2006. During his tenure at Chevron, he held several executive positions in refining across various locations, including operations in Venezuela, Richmond, Calif., and Pascagoula, Miss.

He currently serves as a board member for Waste Management, Inc., and has held top executive positions across multiple organisations, including serving as a board director and executive committee member of the American Chemistry Council, as well as being a member of the Executive Leadership Council. Chinn holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University.

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26th March 2024