Ursula Stevens, Leader in Developing Sun Chemical's Latin America Business, Dies at 65
Press release from the issuing company
FORT LEE, NJ - Feb. 4, 2004 - Ursula Stevens, the leader and primary force in building Sun Chemical’s Latin America business, passed away on January 17. She was 65. Ms. Stevens, who retired in Dec. 2002, dedicated 36 years of service to Sun Chemical.
“Ursula’s leadership, character, tenacity, skill with customers, and ability to grow the business earned her enormous respect and admiration both in and out of Sun Chemical, where she made many good friends over the years,” said Wes Lucas, chairman, president and CEO, Sun Chemical. “Like many of us, Ursula was a very dear friend of mine, and a person who I respected greatly and cared for deeply. We will all miss her.”
Ms. Stevens served as Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Sun Chemical Latin America. “She was the leader and primary force in building our Latin America business from essentially zero to $200 million in sales and the #1 market share leader in the region, added Mr. Lucas. “She had a remarkable impact on Sun.”
Ms. Stevens joined Rutherford Machinery, a former Sun Chemical subsidiary, in 1966. Seven years later, she joined Sun Chemical Export as its Controller, and in 1983 she was named Assistant Director. In 1986, Ms. Stevens was named the Director of Sun Chemical Export Group. In 1992, she was named General Manager of Sun Chemical International (SCI), a then newly formed trading company that is now known as Sun Chemical Latin America. From 1992 through 1997, she also managed Polychrome Latin America.
Under her leadership, Sun Chemical Latin America expanded its activities in the emerging markets of Latin America and the Caribbean.
“Today, the Sun Chemical flag flies over facilities in nearly every country in Latin America, a testimonial to the success of her entire team, and Ursula’s leadership in particular,” said Mr. Lucas
In 1994, Ms. Stevens was promoted to Corporate Vice President and given the added responsibilities of the company’s manufacturing, sales and service operations in Central and South America.
In 1981, she earned a Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) Award from the YWCA of Bergen County (NJ). She was a member of TWIN as well as the International Round Table at Bergen Community College.
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