The Commercial Development and Marketing Association (CDMA) has honored Vincent A. Calarco with its 2000 Award for Executive Excellence.

The Commercial Development and Marketing Association (CDMA) has honored Vincent A. Calarco, Crompton Corp.’s chairman, president and chief executive officer, with its 2000 Award for Executive Excellence. The award was presented in March at a banquet at the CDMA’s 2000 Spring Meeting in Philadelphia.

Crompton Corp., headquartered in Greenwich, Conn., is one of the world’s largest specialty chemical companies, with annual sales of $3.1 billion and customers in 120 countries.

Calarco received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York and a master’s degree in business administration, with distinction, from Harvard University. Shortly after completing his MBA, he joined NL Industries, where he eventually became business manager Plastics and Specialty Chemicals.

In May 1978, Calarco joined Uniroyal Chemical Co. Inc. as general manager, Chemicals and Polymers. In August 1979, he was appointed president of Uniroyal Chemical and elected vice president of the Uniroyal parent company. He served as president of Uniroyal Chemical until August 1984, when he became vice president for Strategy and Development at the parent company.

Calarco joined Crompton & Knowles as president and chief executive officer in April 1985 and was elected to the additional post of chairman the following year. Under his leadership, Crompton & Knowles dedicated itself to expanding its core, value-added, specialty chemicals and equipment businesses to achieve superior growth in shareholder value. Crompton & Knowles merged with Uniroyal Chemical in 1996 and then with Witco Corp. in September 1999.

Calarco served as the 1995-1996 chairman of the Chemical Manufacturers Association (CMA) and currently serves as chairman of the CMA board’s International Committee, chairman of the Chemical Industry Trade Advisor, and member of the Finance Committee. He is president of the Society of Chemical Industry (London) and immediate past chairman of the Society of Chemical Industry’s American section. He is a trustee of the Polytechnic Institute of New York, a trustee of the National Foundation for History of Chemistry, and a member of the American Chemical Society and the Société de Chimie Industrielle. He also serves as chairman of the board of trustees of The Hopkins School, and is a member of the board of directors of Rhodia and ASARCO Inc.

This information was provided from the CDMA’s program for its 2000 Spring Meeting.