The American Chemical Society (ACS) Board of Directors has named Dr. Thomas M. Connelly, Jr., the society’s next executive director and chief executive officer, effective February 17, 2015. Connelly succeeds Madeleine Jacobs, who is retiring after 11 years as CEO and a total of 24 years with ACS.
Thomas M. Connelly earned a B.S. in chemical engineering and an A.B. in economics at Princeton University, NJ, USA, in 1974, and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the University of Cambridge, UK, in 1977. He joined DuPont in 1978. He has been chief science and technology officer since 2000 and became executive vice president and chief innovation officer in 2006. Connelly retired from DuPont at the end of 2014.
Among other honors, Connelly has received the CDMA Executive Excellence Award in 2005, the ACS Henry F. Whalen, Jr., Award for Excellence in Development and Management in the Chemical Enterprise in 2009 and the French American Chamber of Commerce Global Leadership Award in 2013.