2018 Awards

Judging process

Entries to the ICIS Innovation Awards are judged by a specially chosen panel of five leading industry experts, all with a keen interest in innovation. They are looking for innovative projects that solve problems and provide solutions for companies, their customers and society at large, as well as benefitting the environment and progressing sustainability.

Initial judging took place in early July and the resulting shortlist of entries in each category was published on this web site and in the 10 August edition of ICIS Chemical Business. The judges met in late August to select the category winners and the overall winner for the year.

Winning companies and individuals will be presented with their awards at a lunch in central London in early December, attended by the winners, sponsors, judges and ICIS personnel.

This year the judges are:

Paul Bjacek

is a principal director and leads Accenture’s chemicals and natural resources strategic research. He has more than 25 years of experience in the process industries, including project activities in manufacturing, marketing and distribution. Paul regularly writes and presents on topics impacting the chemical industry. He holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and business.

Detlef Kratz

is senior vice president for corporate technology and operational excellence at BASF. He has worked in leadership positions in both Asia and Europe since joining BASF in 1992. He has a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Heidelberg and spent a year as postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology in Los Angeles.

Mike McKenna

is chief operating officer for Maroon Group, a North American specialty chemical and ingredients distributor. He is responsible for operational excellence, global supply partnerships and marketing and is a member of the company’s M&A team. Before joining Maroon Group he worked for Johnson Matthey.

Godefroy Motte

is a seasoned global chemical industry executive. After 31 years at Eastman Chemical, ultimately as a member of Eastman’s executive board, he created Adrialis. His current focus is to work with specialty chemical companies and the investment industry to create long term value especially in the acquisition or divestiture process.

David Woods

is opportunity identification manager, new product platforms, at ExxonMobil Chemical, based in Baytown, Texas, US. He manages the pursuit of new product opportunities.