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January 28, 2011 12:19 PM

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Shell Chemical’s Robert Chouffot Elected Chair,
American Cleaning Institute Board of Directors

  • Amway’s Catherine Ehrenberger New ACI Board Vice Chair
  • Executives from SC Johnson, BASF, Sun Products Elected to Board

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 28, 2011 – Robert Chouffot, General Manager Higher Olefins & Derivatives at Shell Chemical LP, is the new Chair of the American Cleaning Institute® (ACI) Board of Directors.

Mr. Chouffot was elected by his fellow Directors during their meeting at the 2011 ACI Annual Meeting & Industry Convention at the Grande Lakes Orlando in Orlando, Florida.

The new Vice Chair is Catherine Ehrenberger, VP, R&D, Quality and Regulatory, Amway. Thomas O’Brien, General Manager, Organics, Sasol Olefins & Surfactants GmbH, is the new Treasurer.

Three new members were appointed to one-year terms to fill vacancies on the Board:

  • Nancy Vincent, Business Director, Care Surfactants & Alcohols, North America, BASF Corp. (Ms. Vincent previously was the Board member from Cognis Corp., which was recently acquired by BASF.)
  • Richard Conti, Chief Operating Officer - North America Markets, SC Johnson.
  • Craig Slavtcheff, Senior Vice President, R&D, Quality, Regulatory, The Sun Products Corporation.

The next full ACI Board election will take place during the association’s 2012 Annual Business Meeting. The complete roster of the current ACI Board is as follows:

Mr. Chouffot thanked the retiring members of the 2010 Board for their service to ACI, including past Chair Jane Hutterly, SC Johnson; Simon Medley, BASF; and Bill Littlefield, The Sun Products Corporation.


The American Cleaning Institute® (ACI - formerly The Soap and Detergent Association) is the Home of the U.S. Cleaning Products Industry® and represents the $30 billion U.S. cleaning products market. ACI members include the formulators of soaps, detergents, and general cleaning products used in household, commercial, industrial and institutional settings; companies that supply ingredients and finished packaging for these products; and oleochemical producers. ACI ( and its members are dedicated to improving health and the quality of life through sustainable cleaning products and practices.