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Lynn L. Elsenhans to Receive 2011 Paradigm Award

Posted Monday, December 6th, 2010

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The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Lynn L. Elsenhans, chairman and chief executive officer of Sunoco, Inc. and Sunoco Logistics Partners LP, will receive the 2011 Paradigm Award, the region’s most prestigious award for businesswomen.

This award is presented annually to a singular woman in business whose outstanding professional and personal achievements serve as a model of excellence. The honoree’s leadership and dedication contribute significantly to the Greater Philadelphia region, and she is respected in her profession and throughout the community for her commitment to excellence and her vision for women and future generations.

“It is an honor to receive the Paradigm Award,” said Ms. Elsenhans. “Past winners of this award served as role models to other women and made many valuable contributions to the region. I am pleased to be in their company.”

Ms. Elsenhans joined Sunoco in August 2008 as a veteran oil industry executive with domestic and international experience in manufacturing, marketing, and planning. Prior to assuming her position at Sunoco, she worked for 28 years at Royal Dutch Shell, where she last held the position of executive vice president of global manufacturing. From 2003 to 2005, she served concurrently as president of Shell Oil Company and president and chief executive officer of Shell Oil Products US.

Headquartered in Philadelphia, Sunoco is a leading transportation fuels provider. The company operates more than 4,800 branded retail locations that market transportation fuels and convenience store merchandise in 23 states. This retail network is principally supplied by Sunoco-owned refineries with a combined crude oil processing capacity of 675,000 barrels per day. Sunoco is also the General Partner and has a 31-percent interest in Sunoco Logistics Partners, L.P., a publicly traded master limited partnership which owns and operates 7,600 miles of refined product and crude oil pipelines and approximately 40 active product terminals. Sunoco and Sunoco Logistics employ nearly 4,000 employees regionally.

“Lynn is an outstanding selection for this award,” said Rob Wonderling, President and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. “She has brought nearly 30 years of honed skills to one of the region’s most prominent companies and has led with great success.”

In addition to being an outstanding business leader, Ms. Elsenhans is also an active member of the community. She serves on the board of directors of United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, the Texas Medical Center, and International Paper Company. She also serves on the Council of Overseers for the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.

Additionally, she has guided Sunoco’s commitment to education and workforce development, and is also an active participant in the Forum of Executive Women, where she frequently speaks on topics including education, diversity and women’s issues.

“Lynn is one of the nation’s most influential women in business and is an outstanding role model,” said Mary Stengel Austen, President and CEO of Tierney.  “We are fortunate to have a leader of her stature and experience in our community, and under her leadership, we look forward to Sunoco’s continuing its strong tradition of generating business and civic growth in our region.”  Ms. Austen received the 2010 Paradigm Award, and co-nominated Ms. Elsenhans with Judith von Seldeneck, Chairman and CEO of Diversified Search Odgers Berndtson, to be this year’s recipient.

Ms. Elsenhans graduated from Rice University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematical Science in 1978 and earned a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1980.  She is married to John Elsenhans and lives in Philadelphia.

On Thursday, March 17, 2011, the business community will celebrate Ms. Elsenhans’ accomplishments with the presentation of a Paradigm crystal sculpture at a luncheon at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Ms. Elsenhans will designate $25,000 in charitable gifts provided with support from Ernst & Young.

In addition, through the generosity of many individuals and corporations, the awards program has grown in recent years to include the Paradigm Scholarship for Working Women. Several women will share $25,000 in merit-based scholarships to help complete their undergraduate degrees while working full-time at Chamber member companies. Special presentations will be made to the Stradley Ronon scholar.

Awarded annually since 1992, Lynn L. Elsenhans is the 19th Paradigm honoree. She is joining a distinguished field of past recipients that includes Mary Stengel Austen of Tierney, Judy Spires of Acme Markets, and Renee Amoore of The Amoore Group.

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