The American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Business Development and Management (BMGT) has named Dr. Judith C. Giordan the recipient of its 2014 Henry F. Whalen, Jr. Award for Excellence in Business Development and Management in the Chemical Enterprise. She was honored at ACS’s 248th annual conference in San Francisco this week. 

Dr. Giordan is expected to join the Department of Chemistry in the College of Science as a Professor of Practice later this year.

A sought-after author and speaker, Giordan was recognized with the Whalen Award for her international business development and leadership, her entrepreneurship, angel investing and educator roles. The award also acknowledged her role as a research and development leader, her professional development of scientists and engineers in addition to her mentoring of women for leadership positions.

Giordan currently serves on boards of advisors and as founder and senior management for start-up ventures, such as Qteros llc;  ecosVC, Inc., a training and venture development firm; and Chemical Angels Network. Previously she worked as  VP of Research and Development and business leader for Henkel Corporation, Global VP of Research and Development for Pepsi-Cola and Corporate VP/Chief Technology Officer for International Flavors and Fragrances.

Most recently, Giordan received ACS’s Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal in 2010 to recognize distinguished service to chemistry by women chemists and was elected an ACS Fellow in 2013. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Industrial Research Institute and the ACS.  

She has also held various positions at the National Science Foundation, including being a member of the Math and Physical Sciences Advisory Board as well as serving as Chair of the Waterman Award Committee and Program Officer for the cross-foundational IGERT program. Giordan has been cited in numerous publications and magazines for her groundbreaking roles for women in corporate leadership over her 30-year career. 


The American Chemical Society

Chartered by Congress in 1876, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society with more than 162,000 members and is a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences.

The ACS Division of Business Development and Management (BMGT) includes members from the chemical enterprise around the world. Their mission and vision are to champion business development and management throughout the chemical enterprise and to be globally recognized as the preferred resource for creating, growing and managing chemical business.

Publish Date: 
Tuesday, August 12, 2014