Harry H. Holliman
A Leader in the Chemical Industry
Inducted in 1999
In the four years since Harry H. Holliman became president of the Eastman Chemical Com-pany’s Tennessee Eastman Division, the organization has provided an example of award-winning efficiency and responsibility. Mr. Holliman heads an enterprise that is among the nation’s largest integrated chemical manufacturing facilities, comprising more than 7,000 employees and producing a wide variety of products.
He joined Eastman Chemical Company in 1966 as a chemical engineer, following service in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps. Initially posted in the company’s Polymers Division, Mr. Holliman earned management positions of increasing responsibility in the polymers, engineering, and fiber divisions of Eastman Chemical Company. Twenty years of dedication and innovation in his work brought him to an appointment in 1987 as general manager of Eastman’s textile fibers business. For two years he oversaw all operation, marketing, and research and development activities at the Eastman plants in Columbia, South Carolina, and in Kingsport, Tennessee. In 1989, Mr. Holliman became general manager of the polyester plastics packaging business and was promoted to vice president and general manager of the container plastics business in 1991. As a result of his knowledge and skillful leadership, Eastman became the market leader in polyester packaging and the world’s largest manufacturer of the polyester pellets used in plastic bottles.
The bottom line of Mr. Holliman’s organization is obviously solid, but his leadership has also focused on humane and environmental goals. The Tennessee Eastman Division, for example, recently acquired the “Volunteer STAR” award, a distinction recognizing those organizations most dedicated to and effective at ensuring the safety and health of employees. In 1997 Mr. Holliman’s organization was presented two energy awards from the Chemical Manufacturers Association. The awards recognized the Tennessee Eastman Division’s strategy for reducing energy costs by improving efficiency.
Mr. Holliman, who received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from The University of Alabama in the 1960s, serves today as a member of the Capstone Engineering Society. He is a University of Alabama Chemical Engineering Fellow and was honored in the inaugural group of Distinguished Engineering Fellows selected by the University’s College of Engineering.
A registered professional engineer, Mr. Holliman is active in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He is a committed volunteer in the Kingsport, Tennessee, community, serving currently as president-elect of the United Way of Greater Kingsport. He is a member of the board of directors of the Tennessee Quality Award where he served as chairman in 1997. Active for years in these organizations, in his church, and in his area’s schools as well, Mr. Holliman has made an impact on civic affairs both locally and at the state level.
Mr. Holliman and his wife, the former Wanda Hughes, reside in Kingsport and are the parents of Mary Lynn and Andrew David.