Joseph Charles Soviero
Union Carbide Corporation
Corporate Vice President –Corporate Ventures


Joseph C. Soviero, age 73 of Ridgefield, CT., passed away on Thursday January 5, 2012 in Palm City Florida. Joe was born in Brooklyn, NY on November 20, 1938. He graduated from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in1960. After a year at Union Carbide’s Chemical Operations in Bound Brook N.J., he joined Halcon Group’s Engineering Division of Scientific Design. Joe continued his education at New York University and was awarded an MS degree in finance in 1965, and an MBA in business administration in 1969. In 1967, Joe returned to Union Carbide as Marketing Research Manager at the Chemicals and Plastics Division at Corporate Headquarters in Manhattan. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business Administration in 1976. Joe held various management positions including Operations, and Research and Development Manager in the Ethylene Oxide/Glycol Division, and in 1980 he was promoted to Vice President for Sales. In 1982 he was appointed President of the Specialty Chemicals Division at the new head quarters in Danbury, CT. At this time he also served as Chairman of various subsidiary companies, including UOP LLC (a Union Carbide–Allied Signal Partnership), Union Carbide Europe, and Amerchol Corporation and was Director of Nippon Unicar, Japan. In 1997 he was appointed Corporate Vice President of the Ventures Group responsible for acquisitions and corporate ventures, and Chairman of Union Carbide Asia Pacific. He was also a director of the Optimal Group in Malaysia, of Equate Petrochemical Company and Chairman of Equate Marketing Company, both in Kuwait. He was a member of the Chemical Industry Association and AICHE. He was also past Chairman of the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association (SOCMA). Joe received many industry recognitions, including the Memorial Award of the Chemical Marketing Research Association (CMRA) for his dedication to the chemical industry and contributions to the understanding and use of chemical marketing research. He also received The Commercial Development Association’s (CDA) Honor Award for career –long leadership in commercial development.
Joe served in the National Guard at Fort Drum, NY from1958 to1962.
His many hobbies included tennis, skiing, fishing, hunting, golfing, singing, dancing and was an avid traveler.
Joe is survived by his wife of 36 years, Romy (Lee) Soviero formerly from Seoul, Korea, his daughter Susan Spaventa, New York, NY, his sister Kathy Belding, his brother Edward Soviero, both of New York, NY and his granddaughter, Victoria McLaughlin also of New York, NY.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Ridgefield, CT.
 Interment followed in Locust Valley Cemetery, Locust Valley, NY.

 In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Soviero’s memory and honor may be made to St. Elizabeth Seton Church, 520 Ridgebury Rd., Ridgefield, CT 06877.

Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield was in charge of arrangemen


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