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ExxonMobil’s Karen McKee Named 2024 Petrochemical Heritage Award Honoree

The prestigious award will be presented by the Science History Institute and the Founders Club on March 25, 2024, during AFPM’s International Petrochemical Conference in San Antonio.

January 16, 2024

The Science History Institute has announced that Karen McKee, president of ExxonMobil Product Solutions Company and vice president of ExxonMobil Corporation, will receive the 2024 Petrochemical Heritage Award. The prestigious award will be presented on March 25, 2024, in San Antonio, Texas, at the International Petrochemical Conference, held by American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM).

“We are delighted to honor Karen McKee,” said Institute president and CEO David Cole. “Her career of service, innovation, and leadership in the petrochemical sector, as well as her commitment to sustainability, makes her the ideal recipient of the Petrochemical Heritage Award.”

Presented annually by the Institute, the Founders Club, and AFPM, the Petrochemical Heritage Award recognizes an individual’s outstanding contributions to the petrochemical community. This premier award encourages emulation, inspires achievement, and promotes public understanding of modern science, industries, and economies.

About Karen McKee

McKee is president of ExxonMobil Product Solutions, which was formed in 2021, bringing together the company’s heritage chemicals, lubes, and fuels business to create one of the largest integrated manufacturing companies in the world.

McKee joined ExxonMobil in Great Britain in 1990 and has worked in several locations around the world, including the U.K., Belgium, and the United States. Prior to her current role, she was president of ExxonMobil Chemical Company after leading several business lines with a focus on global production, marketing, and sales.

McKee holds a number of leadership positions for industry associations. She is an officer for the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and is the president of the International Council of Chemical Associations. She was previously board chair for the ACC and an officer for the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, working on behalf of the producers and brands to advance policy for circularity, sustainability, and responsible care. She is an active champion of community support and engagement, leading several ExxonMobil giving campaigns that generate millions of dollars for local nonprofit organizations and national STEM education programs.

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