Kathryn St. John (202) 249-6513
November 23, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 23, 2010) - The American Chemistry Council (ACC) announced today that Lee Salamone will join the council on December 9, 2010 as senior director of the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI). 

ACC and its plastics division will gain tremendously from the extensive experience Salamone brings in science and regulatory policy development; advocacy and federal legislative affairs; and in building alliances among diverse stakeholder groups.   Ms. Salamone will be responsible for day-to-day management of CPI, working closely with the steering and management committees, as well as other trade associations and the customer community to promote the many benefits of polyurethane and the strengths of this industry. 

"As opportunities continue to expand worldwide for polyurethane products, Lee's technical and policy advocacy experience, and proven strategic leadership skills will help position this industry to capitalize on those opportunities." Steve Russell, vice president of the Plastics Division, said. "Her strategic guidance in developing new programs, advancing advocacy objectives, and addressing emerging issues will support the customer base while contributing to new market development."

"I look forward to working with CPI's leadership, members, value chain and all stakeholders to deliver value and sustainable solutions on behalf of this industry," Salamone said.  

Salamone's new appointment to head CPI marks her return to ACC, having formerly served as a director on the public health and policy team. Salamone also has worked as a public affairs consultant with the Silicones Environmental, Health and Safety Council of North America and most recently as a senior consultant with AcuTech Consulting Group.


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