Commentary: A tribute to former Chemical Market Reporter publisher Arthur Kavaler

30 January 2012 00:00  [Source: ICB]

Pic caption: Kavaler: a wonderful raconteur with a zest for life

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Arthur Kavaler, who served for 46 years as reporter, editor and eventually publisher and editor-in-chief of Chemical Market Reporter - one of the three predecessor publications incorporated into ICIS Chemical Business - died at the age of 91 on January 18 2012.

Kavaler had a large personality and was a wonderful raconteur with a zest for life, notes his daughter Andrea Kavaler, who works as a consultant for global agribusiness and bio-based chemicals consultancy LMC International. A probing reporter and an editor with unwavering convictions, he had a major impact on chemical industry journalism.

In 1947, Kavaler joined Schnell Publishing as market editor of the Oil, Paint and Drug Reporter (OPD). He was appointed news editor in 1949, managing editor in 1952 and editor-in-chief in 1969. In 1972, he became president of Schnell and publisher and CEO of OPD, which was renamed Chemical Marketing Reporter (then again later renamed Chemical Market Reporter). He remained editor-in-chief until his retirement in 1990.

The Kavaler Award was given to leading chemical CEOs from 1990-1999, including Jon Huntsman, Sr., founder, chairman and CEO of Huntsman, and Frank Popoff, chairman and CEO of Dow Chemical.

Kavaler's reputation preceded him - and it also followed him well after he left the company. While I never had the privilege of meeting Kavaler, having joined Chemical Market Reporter in 1997, countless people I met at industry events asked about the former editor, and this continued for years.

Today, we celebrate his achievements in advancing chemical journalism and leading a great industry publication - one whose impact on the chemical markets certainly lives on in ICIS Chemical Business.

By: Joseph Chang
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