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Month: April 2012

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Our Students Are Going To Shine 


Since August, Garland Independent School District and North Garland High School have launched an engineering program called Project Lead the Way (PLTW). PLTW is the leading non-profit provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education used in middle and high schools across the U.S. With this program our students are engaged in hands on, project based learning that will prepare them for a possible career in the engineering field.

We have been fortunate to work with Celanese; without their sponsorship and guidance, it wouldn’t be where it is today. With Celanese’s help, I received training at the University of Texas, Tyler, to prepare me to teach the Project Lead the Way curriculum which is standard in every state. We also have been able to supply all of our students with their own engineering ‘kits’ and purchased other supplies required by Project Lead the Way.

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The Future Is Even More Exciting 

Over the past month, I have had the honor of representing the innovative work of Celanese’s employees. By now, you should have heard about our success at CERA, the Forbes magazine article highlighting TCX® Technology and the recent live broadcast on Fox Business News. Please take a moment to view these links at the end of this blog.

In all these instances, I have been privileged to share the success of TCX® Technology development. Not only was this an honor – but it was an adventure.

Although as CFO I frequently get the opportunity to present to investors and other key stakeholders, I have never been a part of the broader media world as I have been in the last month. Like many, I don’t necessarily like to see myself on video or in pictures – but I am so proud to represent Celanese I couldn’t help but blog about it…

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Prioritizing Your Work-Lessons From The Navy Seals 

Typically when our workload increases or timelines shorten, we can easily become overwhelmed and stressed. The ability to prioritize becomes clouded and we run in circles, performing a little bit on each, but never get any single priority complete. Over the past few years, I’ve spent many weeks with former Navy Seals. Regardless of the situation, or location, when they go in to survival mode it’s simple…

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Everyone’s Talking About Natural Gas 

Today I visited our manufacturing site in Clear Lake, Texas. This plant makes a variety of acetyl based chemicals, but it’s gaining recognition for being the home of the company’s latest innovation, TCX® ethanol technology.

The minute I walked in the door I noticed a positive buzz, in part, because employees are proud that TCX® ethanol technology was invented at Clear Lake by a local team of talented Celanese scientists…

Improving The World

Bridging Communities And Cultures In 365 Days 

I am not going to lie, when I got the job offer to start the new Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, Celanese Connects, I had no idea what I was in for. Before this I was working as a project manager in the IT department. I worked on an assortment of projects including the data center relocation. It was a huge change to say the least. But I was up for the challenge and absolutely thrilled to be given the opportunity to be a part of a new program that affects employees around the world. When we began communicating the new CSR program, which focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education, I really wasn’t sure what the response was going to be…

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Celanese Intellectual Property Is Rocketing 

It all starts with great people with the drive and motivation to do the right thing for our company. Our company culture is unique in that everyone is enthusiastically rowing in the same direction. We are one team striving towards the elusive goal of being the best in everything we do. We have been able to achieve more than a 70% increase in IP (intellectual property) activity as a direct result of this can-do culture. This achievement would not have been attainable without the significant understanding, support and trust from our most senior management team, our CEO and even our board of directors. For me, without the significant support from our general counsel, our team of general and IP lawyers and our administrative staff, this milestone would have not have been achievable…

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Welcome To CE-Blog 

Good communications are vital to the success of any business. And today’s social media forums present remarkable opportunities to share information between people and groups. This blog is the start of what I believe will be a dynamic ongoing conversation between Celanese and the people and organizations we interact with. We want CE-Blog to be a place where the perspectives of our leaders, the talents of our employees, and eventually the voices of customers and suppliers, will be heard and seen. We look forward to engaging with you on relevant topics of the day and using this medium to its fullest capability including videos, infographics and more…

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Is Losing My Office A Good Thing? 

It is said that one of the greatest agents of innovation is chaotic change. Celanese is full of change these days. We have a new CEO, a new fuels business segment, and new innovative opportunities across all of our businesses. But the biggest driver of innovation, at least for those of us in Dallas, may be the renewed layout of our new headquarters building…

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The Accidental Lobbyist 

As a kid, I was a huge fan of cartoons. To this day, one of my favorites is “School House Rock.” In fact, like many of my generation, I learned most of what I know today about the US government from the song “I’m Just a Bill.” As Celanese launched TCX®, our new technology to make ethanol from natural gas and other hydrocarbons, I have been fortunate to work with members of Congress to explore opportunities to apply this groundbreaking technology in the US…

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Abundant, Affordable Domestic Alternative Fuel to US Consumers? Yes, A Solution Exists Today 

When Celanese introduced its innovative hydrocarbon-to-ethanol technology in November 2010, it was clear that the most attractive fuel markets for TCX® would be those with (1) abundant domestic resources, (2) a desire to reduce their dependence on imported oil and (3) government policies that do not favor one technology over another. It also was clear that the United States is the world””s single largest market for fuel, and the first two of these three criteria applied. The last one is a bit trickier…

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CERAWeek 2012: An Insider’s View Of The World’s Biggest Energy Conference 

After participating in the world’s biggest and most prestigious energy conference as a Partner Sponsor, it was easy to see why CERAWeek 2012 in Houston, Texas, was the perfect venue for getting the message out about Celanese TCX® Technology. The conference was a major step forward for Celanese and our TCX® Technology as we joined energy industry executives and government leaders from around the world; and once the week began, we knew we were right in the middle of a major movement in the energy industry…