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February 22, 2012 10:02 AM
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Six Executives Join ACI Board of Directors

  • Representatives of BASF, Evonik, GOJO, Huntsman, Phoenix Brands, and Procter & Gamble Strengthen Cleaning Product Industry Leadership Group
  • Shell’s Robert Chouffot, Amway’s Catherine Ehrenberger Re-elected as ACI Chair and Vice Chair

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 22, 2012 – Six executives from major cleaning product manufacturers and suppliers have joined the Board of Directors of the American Cleaning Institute (ACI – formerly The Soap and Detergent Association).

During its first meeting of the year at ACI’s 2012 Annual Meeting & Industry Convention, the Board welcomed the following new Directors, who will serve two-year terms:

  • Dirk Buengel, Senior Vice President, Care Chemicals and Formulation Technologies, BASF Corporation.
  • David Del Guercio, Global Senior Vice President and General Manager, Evonik Industries - Household Care Business Line.
  • William Krueger, Vice President and General Manager, GOJO Global Group.
  • John Smyth, Vice President, Europe-Africa and Middle East, Performance Products Division, Huntsman Corporation.
  • William Littlefield, President & CEO, Phoenix Brands LLC.
  • R. Alexandra Keith, Vice President-Fabric Care, North America and Brand Franchise Leader, Fabric Enhancers, The Procter & Gamble Company.

Re-elected to two-year terms on the Board were:

Board members also re-elected the following officers to serve one-year terms:

Chair: Robert Chouffot, Shell Chemical LP
Vice Chair: Catherine Ehrenberger, Amway
Treasurer: Tom O’Brien, Sasol Olefins & Surfactants GmbH
President: Ernie Rosenberg, ACI
Secretary: Joanne Thelmo, ACI


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.