American Chemistry Council's CEO Staying On

CEO Cal Dooley has agreed to stay through 2019 after the council's board of directors agreed that the chemicals and plastics industry must take a global leadership role to reduce and ultimately eliminate plastic waste.

The American Chemistry Council announced that President and CEO Cal Dooley has agreed to delay his retirement and extend his tenure in those positions through 2019. In April, Dooley announced his intention to retire at the end of 2018; his decision to delay retirement comes after ACC's board of directors agreed that the chemicals and plastics industry must take a global leadership role to reduce and ultimately eliminate plastic waste. That move came during the organization's 2018 annual meeting, which took place June 4-6 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

"Cal's leadership at ACC has been essential to the industry's success in recent years. As ACC members embark on an effort to reduce and eliminate plastic waste in the years to come, the ACC officers felt strongly that Cal's experience and leadership were essential to aligning the global industry around a coordinated strategy," said Bob Patel, ACC chairman and the CEO of LyondellBasell. "With a little arm twisting and agreement from his gracious wife, Linda, we were able to convince Cal to stay on to lead the development of this critical effort."

"The global chemicals and plastics industry has an imperative to fight the spread of mismanaged plastic waste that is increasingly littering our rivers, oceans, and landscapes. While plastic products provide countless health, safety, lifestyle, and sustainability benefits, those benefits cannot be fully realized unless we take swift and aggressive actions to make the most of all resources and leverage technology to dramatically increase rates of reuse, recycling, and recovery of all plastic products," said Dooley. "Ending plastic waste is an issue of personal, as well as professional interest, and I am excited to help lay the foundation for a sustained, global industry effort to address it."

Korn Ferry International was retained to conduct the search for Dooley's replacement when his retirement was announced in April 2018. With Dooley's announcement, Korn Ferry's efforts have been suspended, but they will resume their search in mid-2019.

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