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Chemical society names chief executive

DuPont executive Thomas Connelly will take over as the top staff official of the American Chemical Society in February 2015.

Connelly is vice-president and chief innovation officer at the chemical manufacturer DuPont, where he has worked since 1978. Among other initiatives, he developed the DuPont-MIT research partnership.

He succeeds Madeleine Jacobs, who is retiring after 11 years as the society’s chief executive. Over her tenure, Jacobs faced criticism for not responding effectively to rising unemployment rates among chemists, and for her salary, which was nearly $860,000 in 2013. Membership was flat while Jacobs has led the organization, but she brought the society’s budget under control and expanded its web presence.

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