Will deliver the keynote address at the formal Opening Gala of NPE2012.

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Jon Huntsman Jr., a long-time public servant with ties to the plastics industry, who most recently was a candidate for U.S. president, will deliver the keynote address at the formal Opening Gala of NPE2012. Taking place in Orlando, Fla., on the evening of Sunday, Apr. 1, the gala will celebrate the 75th anniversary of SPI, which produces the triennial trade show, and the 50th anniversary of the Plastics Hall of Fame.

The 51-year-old former governor of Utah, Huntsman has had a notable career in public service as well as with the global plastics and chemicals company founded by his father, Jon M. Huntsman Sr. He received appointments from four U.S. presidents and served as U.S. Ambassador to Singapore and China. He has held leading positions in Huntsman Corp. since joining the family business in 1981 and is now a member of the board.

Huntsman also has an extensive background in international affairs and trade negotiation. He has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, and U.S. Trade Ambassador. He has negotiated dozens of free-trade agreements and brokered other bi-lateral and multi-lateral trade agreements for the United States with China, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, India, Vietnam, West Africa, South Africa, and other Asian and African nations.