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WASHINGTON (February 14, 2019) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today announced that Korn Ferry has resumed its search for ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley’s successor. Dooley previously announced his intention to retire at the end of 2018. Following discussions with ACC’s officers and board of directors last June, he extended his tenure in order to lead the chemical and plastics industry’s efforts to develop a coordinated and global strategy to help end plastic waste in the environment.

“I could not have imagined a better way to cap my career than by serving the American Chemistry Council,” Dooley said. “Over the past ten years, I’ve had the opportunity to lead one of the country’s most vital industries through historic and transformational change, including unprecedented economic expansion driven by the American shale gas revolution, passage of watershed environmental legislation to reform our country’s chemical regulatory framework, and the creation of the industry’s most comprehensive efforts to tackle the issue of plastic waste in our environment.”

Under Dooley’s leadership ACC has achieved some of its greatest successes in recent memory. He led industry efforts in helping secure the historic “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” that included key provisions that improve and support a vibrant and competitive U.S. chemical industry and manufacturing sector. In 2016, following years of bipartisan negotiations, Mr. Dooley oversaw the passage and enactment of the “The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act,” legislation which reformed the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 and ushered in a new era for U.S. chemical regulations. Prior to that, Mr. Dooley’s leadership led to the reauthorization and reform of the Surface Transportation Board; a four-year authorization of the “Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards” program; and passage and enactment of the “Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act,” providing industry a safe harbor against lawsuits when voluntarily sharing and receiving information on cyber threats and defenses.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to work with Cal, whose leadership helped the U.S. chemical industry elevate discussions about our business beyond politics, to one of partnerships,” said ACC Chairman and Covestro Chairman and CEO Jerry MacCleary. “The board of directors looks forward to working with his successor to build on this success as the industry continues to demonstrate proven progress through superior performance,” MacCleary added.

Prior to joining ACC, Dooley served as President and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Food Products Association. Earlier in his career, Dooley represented the 20th District of California as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 2004.

Dooley holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of California, Davis and a master’s degree in management from Stanford University.

At the direction of ACC’s officers, Korn Ferry’s search will be broad, inclusive of proven leaders from diverse, yet relevant backgrounds, including politics and government, private industry, and association management.


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