2 Feb 2012
Corning Incorporated has appointed Dr Stephanie Burns, retired chairman and chief executive officer of Dow Corning Corporation and SCI honorary president, to Corning's board of directors. Dow Corning, a Corning 50%-owned equity company since 1943, specialises in silicones, silicon-based technology, and innovation. She will also serve on the board's corporate relations committee.
Dr Burns will hold office until Corning's annual meeting of shareholders on 26 April 2012, when she will stand for election to a one-year term. Dr Burns, brings nearly three decades of global innovation and business leadership to the Corning board. Her career has spanned scientific research, issues management, science and technology leadership, and business management.
She joined Dow Corning in 1983 as a researcher and specialist in organosilicon chemistry. In 1994, she became the company's first director of women's health. She relocated to Brussels in 1997, initially as director of science and technology for Europe and then as director for Dow Corning's operations in the electronics and life sciences industries. In late 2000, she returned to the US to become executive vice president of the company, responsible for global operations.
A member of Dow Corning's board of directors since 2001, she was elected president in 2003, was chief executive officer from 2004 until May 2011, and served as its chairman from 2006 until 2011.
She holds a PhD in organic chemistry from Iowa State University and did post-doctoral studies at the Université Montpellier, Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc, France.
She was chairman of the American Chemistry Council in 2010 and 2011, and is an honorary president of SCI. She serves on the board of directors of GlaxoSmithKline plc, and was appointed by President Obama to the President's Export Council.
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