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January 27, 2011 10:05 AM

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AkzoNobel’s Frank Sherman Honored
with ACI Distinguished Service Award

FrankShermanWASHINGTON, D.C., January 27, 2011 – Frank Sherman, Chairman of AkzoNobel Inc. and a longtime member of the American Cleaning Institute® Board of Directors, is the 2011 recipient of ACI’s Elva Walker Spillane Distinguished Service Award.

Mr. Sherman was honored during the 2011 ACI Annual Meeting & Industry Convention at the Grande Lakes Orlando in Orlando, Florida.

The award honors an individual for extensive or exceptional service to ACI who promoted the growth and interests of the association and the industries it represents; and who exercised outstanding leadership within ACI (formerly The Soap and Detergent Association).

“Frank has been a passionate, dedicated, and focused leader within ACI and the industry at-large for years,” said Ernie Rosenberg, ACI President & CEO. “His hard work and commitment embody what our Distinguished Service Award is all about.”

Mr. Sherman is a longtime member of ACI’s Board of Directors, having first been elected to the Board in 2001. He served as Vice Chair from 2006 to 2008 and as Board Chair from 2008 to 2010.

During Mr. Sherman’s term as Board Chair he initiated a renewal of ACI’s new strategic plan. His service on the Board of the American Chemistry Council helped forge the close relationship that the ACI enjoys with that association. His service to the chemical industry included being chair of one of the most important and effective state chemical associations, the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois.

Based in Chicago, Mr. Sherman currently serves as President and General Manager of AkzoNobel’s global Surface Chemistry Business Unit, as well as Chairman of AkzoNobel Inc., overseeing the shared service organization for all AkzoNobel business units located in North America. He’s been with AkzoNobel since 1987 when Akzo acquired Stauffer Chemical’s specialty chemical business.

The Distinguished Service Award is named in honor of the late Elva Walker Spillane, the former National Purity LLC chief executive who served on the association’s Board for 20 years.


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.