“I am honoured and truly grateful for the privilege to serve as Chairman but it was definitely unexpected” says the 2019 Phoenix Award Committee Chairman. Jean-Luc Logel had accepted an invitation to join the committee in 2014 and served as Publicity Committee Chairman for three years. “I am thrilled by this challenge and opportunity – I am following many leading entrepreneurs in the role of Chairman and hope to maintain their excellent work.”
The committee is made up of leading personalities from the international supplier community and their collective responsibility is to select, every year, a living person who has been active in and made noteworthy contributions to the glass industry. Once elected, every member serves for a period of four years, with six new members elected each year to replace those whose terms have expired.
When the committee was created in 1971, its membership was exclusively USA-based but today, it is a genuinely global institution, featuring key glass industry suppliers from Europe and Asia, as well as North America. Importantly, recent Phoenix Award recipients have also reflected the international nature of glass expertise. In the last decade alone, no fewer than nine different nationalities have been represented, the list featuring Oliver Wiegand (Germany), James O’Callaghan (UK), Cho Tak Wong (China), Surasak Decharin (Thailand), G Clinton Shay (USA), C K Somany (India), Lino Tagliapietra (Italy), Juan Raphael Silva Garcia (Mexico), Delbert E Day (USA) and Javier Gutierrez Martinez de Companon (Spain).