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Solenis President and CEO Wins The Chemists' Club 2016 Winthrop-Sears Medal

December 20, 2016


John E. Panichella, President and Chief Executive Officer at Solenis

John Panichella, president and chief executive officer at Solenis received the longstanding award during The Chemists' Club 119th Annual Winthrop-Sears Egg Nog Party at the New York Academy of Sciences

WILMINGTON, Del. (USA) — December, 2016 - The Chemists' Club has awarded John Panichella, president and chief executive officer at Solenis with the Winthrop-Sears Medal for Entrepreneurial Achievement.

Panichella was recognized for his successful commitment to building an entrepreneurial leadership platform at multiple large specialty chemical companies. This includes his previous success at Ashland Specialty Ingredients to enhance core technologies with new product investments, adding adjacent technologies, developing infrastructure to support growth in emerging markets and reducing costs in manufacturing operations. At Solenis, he continues to focus on bringing innovative products and platforms to the critical area of water treatment.

The Winthrop-Sears Medal for Entrepreneurial Achievement is presented each December at The Chemists' Club annual Egg Nog Party held at the New York Academy of Sciences. The award was established in 1970 to recognize individuals who, by their entrepreneurial achievement, have contributed to the vitality of the chemical industry and the betterment of humanity. The medal is named in honor of two of America's earliest chemical entrepreneurs, John Winthrop, Jr., son of the first Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and considered the first chemist in America, and John Sears, creator of the Massachusetts salt industry.

"At Solenis, I'm privileged to work with some of the most talented people in the chemical industry, professionals who, each day, take an idea or a customer need and put that need together with a molecule to create a solution," Panichella said. "In honoring me today, you honor the innovations and accomplishments of all the people of Solenis."

Founded in 1898, The Chemists' Club is open to anyone with an interest in the chemical sciences, including students. Members include chemists, chemical engineers, chemical industry management, consultants, financial analysts, attorneys, and other professions, including academia.

<div class="line">&nbsp;</div> <h2>About Solenis</h2> <p>Solenis is a leading global producer of specialty chemicals focused on delivering sustainable solutions for water-intensive industries, including consumer, industrial, institutional, food and beverage, and pool and spa water markets. Owned by Platinum Equity, the company&rsquo;s product portfolio includes a broad array of water treatment chemistries, process aids, functional additives, and cleaners and disinfectants, as well as state-of-the-art monitoring and control systems. These technologies are used by customers to improve operational efficiencies, enhance product quality, protect plant assets, minimize environmental impact, and create cleaner and safer environments. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, the company has 69 manufacturing facilities strategically located around the globe and employs a team of over 16,100 professionals in 130 countries across six continents. Solenis is a 2024 Best Managed Company Gold Standard honoree, recognized four years in a row.</p> <p>For additional information about Solenis, please visit <a href="/en/"></a> or follow us on social media.</p>



Catherine (Katy) Abernathy

Vice President, Corporate Communications