The Innovation Research Interchange (IRI), a division of the National Association of Manufacturers, has recognized Dr. Alexa Dembek, chief technology and sustainability officer of DuPont, as the recipient of the 2023 IRI Innovation Leadership Award. This award recognizes exceptional leadership in driving innovation and transformation, resulting in significant contributions to the winner’s organization, industry, and society.

“Under Dr. Dembek’s leadership, DuPont has sustained and enhanced its reputation as a global leader in scientific and innovative advancements. She has created, in her own words, a culture driven by a relentless focus on excellence. She highlights the spirit of sustainable innovation, demonstrating the impact of our close customer collaboration to bring cutting-edge technologies to market. It is truly an honor to recognize her outstanding leadership in innovation,” said IRI Assistant Vice President for Strategic Communities Lee Green.

Throughout her career, Dembek has been instrumental in strengthening the intersections of DuPont’s business, innovation, and sustainability strategy. Her work has driven the company's progress toward achieving its ambitious 2030 sustainability goals, and she has inspired other IRI member organizations to adopt and chart their own sustainable innovation journeys.

“On behalf of our team of fearless innovators at DuPont, I am deeply humbled to receive this prestigious award,” said Dembek. “Thank you to IRI for this recognition that demonstrates the commitment we make every day to live our purpose of empowering the world with the essential innovations to thrive.”

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