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ACC’s Plastics Division Announces 2023 Leadership Team

New Leadership Focused on Circular Economy for Plastics

Matthew Kastner

WASHINGTON, DC (November 4, 2022) — The American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Plastics Division is pleased to announce the 2023 leadership team for its Operating Committee (PDOC).

The PDOC leadership team will serve in their positions from Jan. 1, 2023 through Dec. 31, 2023, and will consist of:

  • Chair: Dave Andrew, ExxonMobil Product Solutions
  • Vice Chair: Palmer Giddings, LyondellBasell
  • Immediate Past Chair: Christine Bryant, Covestro
  • Membership & Finance Committee Chair: Jay Bickett, Chevron Phillips Chemical
  • Value Chain Committee Chair: Eric Hartz, Nexus Circular

ACC’s Plastics Division will remain laser-focused on helping its members scale up and accelerate a circular economy for plastics. “America’s plastic makers are doubling down on investments to capture and remake used plastic into new plastics, and our advocacy will remain focused on creating the policy environment needed to fight climate change, increase sustainability, and build a more sustainable future through the benefits of plastics,” said Joshua Baca, ACC’s vice president of plastics.

Recent examples include promoting Congressional enactment of our Five Actions for Sustainable Change and seeing five additional states pass laws to classify advanced recycling as manufacturing, bringing the total number of states to 20.

“As demand for recycled plastic continues to grow, we must work together to modernize the recycling system so that more plastic materials can be collected, sorted and recycled through mechanical and advanced recycling technologies, especially materials such as films and wraps that aren’t easily recycled today. This will require improving access to recycling programs in all communities, progressive and efficient policy, and investment in new technologies such as advanced recycling.” said ExxonMobil’s Dave Andrew, the 2023 PDOC chair. “I look forward to guiding ACC’s Plastics Division’s advocacy priorities to help usher in a new era of improved circularity and even more sustainable innovation for the industry.”

ACC’s Plastics Division is incredibly grateful to the 2022 PDOC leadership team for the valuable role they had in guiding the Division’s priorities for the year. Particularly, Christine Bryant from Covestro who departs her role as chair after raising the bar to an unparalleled level.

American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division

The American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division represents America’s Plastic MakersSM and the half million+ scientists, engineers, technicians, and other innovators who make plastics for many essential and lifesaving products that are vital to modern life. America’s Plastic Makers continue to embrace change. We’re linking innovation with sustainability, deploying next generation technologies to make plastics lighter, stronger, more efficient and more recyclable, so we can meet our goal for 100% of U.S. plastic packaging to be reused, recycled, or recovered by 2040. We’re making sustainable change to help build a cleaner, safer, more sustainable future for generations to come. 

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council’s mission is to advocate for the people, policy, and products of chemistry that make the United States the global leader in innovation and manufacturing. To achieve this, we: Champion science-based policy solutions across all levels of government; Drive continuous performance improvement to protect employees and communities through Responsible Care®; Foster the development of sustainability practices throughout ACC member companies; and Communicate authentically with communities about challenges and solutions for a safer, healthier and more sustainable way of life. Our vision is a world made better by chemistry, where people live happier, healthier, and more prosperous lives, safely and sustainably—for generations to come.