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February 9, 2016 02:18 PM

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ACI Board Re-Elects Officers, Welcomes 3 New Executives as Directors

  • Sasol’s O’Brien Re-elected as Chair, Phoenix Brands’ Littlefield Re-elected as Vice-Chair
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Photo: 2016-2017 ACI Board of Directors

Washington, DC, February 9, 2016 – The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) Board of Directors re-elected their officers and welcomed three new executives to its membership at the 2016 ACI Convention.

Returning as Board Chair is Tom O’Brien, Senior Vice President, Performance Chemicals, Sasol. Also re-elected were Board Vice-Chair Bill Littlefield, President & CEO, Phoenix Brands LLC, and Board Treasurer Joy Atkinson, President, Body and Home Care, North America, Firmenich Inc. Douglas Troutman, ACI General Counsel and Vice President, Government Affairs, was re-elected as Corporate Secretary and Ernie Rosenberg is returning as President and CEO.

During the association’s Annual Meeting, ACI member companies elected a slate of 24 executives to two-year terms on the Board of Directors. The newest members of the Board include:

  • Audra Davies, Vice President - Health, Beauty & Home Product Development, Amway.
The full roster of ACI’s Board of Directors is as follows:
  • Dale Steichen, Chief Scientist, Specialty Chemicals, AkzoNobel Chemicals LLC
  • Audra Davies, Vice President - Health, Beauty & Home Product Development, Amway
  • Steve Tanner, President & CEO, Arylessence, Inc.
  • Dirk Buengel, Senior Vice President - Care Chemicals & Formulation Technologies North America, BASF Corporation
  • Paul Siracusa, Executive Vice President, Global R &D, Church & Dwight Co., Inc.
  • Dawn Willoughby, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer - Cleaning, International, and Professional Products, The Clorox Company
  • Justin Skala, President, North America & Global Sustainability, Colgate-Palmolive Company
  • Rick Hanson, Vice President, Croda Inc.
  • Ralf Brinkmann, Business President, Dow Consumer Care, Dow Europe GmbH
  • Wayne Ashton, Vice President, DuPont Industrial Biosciences
  • Larry Berger, Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer, Ecolab Inc.
  • David Del Guercio, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Household Care Consumer Specialties, Evonik Corporation
  • Joy Atkinson, President, Body and Home Care, North America, Firmenich Inc.
  • Andreas Hartleb, Senior Vice President, GM – Henkel Laundry & Home Care USA, Henkel Consumer Goods Inc.
  • John Smyth, Vice President, Performance Products, EMEA, Huntsman Corporation
  • Ernesto Lippert, Vice President, Global Marketing and Technology, Consumer Care, Lonza, Inc.
  • Kristoffer Friis Gleberg, Senior Marketing Director, Household Care, Novozymes
  • Bill Littlefield, President & CEO, Phoenix Brands LLC
  • Shailesh Jejurikar, President, Fabric Care, N.A.; Brand Building Organization, Global Fabric and Home Care; and Global New Business Creation, Procter & Gamble
  • Tom O’Brien, Senior Vice President, Performance Chemicals, Sasol
  • Kelly Semrau, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs, Communication & Sustainability, SC Johnson
  • Rutger Beelaerts, General Manager, Higher Olefins, Alcohols and Ethoxylates, Shell Chemical LP   
  • Frank Pacholec, Vice President, R&D and Chief Sustainability Officer, Stepan Company
  • Ed Vlacich, President, National Brands & Canada and Chief Marketing Officer, The Sun Products Corporation

The American Cleaning Institute® (ACI) 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.


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