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American Chemistry Council Names New Chief Financial Officer

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Sarah Jane Scruggs
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WASHINGTON (March 22, 2022) — The American Chemistry Council (ACC), the nation’s largest trade association representing the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry, announced that Yates Parker has been named its new Chief Financial Officer, beginning March 22, 2022. His appointment follows the retirement earlier this year of the association’s previous Chief Financial Officer, Ray O’Bryan.   

Parker brings more than 25 years of experience in accounting and finance in the private sector and in associations to ACC. Yates joins ACC from Railinc Corporation, a for-profit subsidiary of the Association of American Railroads. Under his financial stewardship as Chief Financial Officer since 2008, Railinc performed well in challenging economic environments. He has led their finance and customer experience departments since 2014 serving as their CFO and Vice President of Operations. Prior to Railinc, he held financial executive positions at Kinetic Systems Inc. and Kidde PLC and was a senior auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is a graduate of N.C. State University with degrees in accounting and business management. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Parker is also a certified public accountant.

In his new role, Mr. Parker will be responsible for developing, implementing, and directing ACC’s overall financial policies as well as assuming direct responsibility for all funds and financial functions within the organization. He will also oversee CHEMTREC (a division of ACC) by working closely with their Chief Executive and Advisory Committee to guide the strategic direction of the organization.

Chris Jahn, ACC President and CEO
Yates brings a high level of financial expertise and a results-driven attitude to our team. As the chemical industry confronts new challenges, his ability to make actionable strategic and operational financial decisions will be critical as we work to advocate for and provide value to our members. His background in customer experience operations means he is well suited to developing the tools and systems critical to managing the financial support that complements our advocacy efforts. We are very much looking forward to welcoming him to the team.

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American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the multibillion-dollar business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products, technologies and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health, safety and security performance through Responsible Care®; common sense advocacy addressing major public policy issues; and health and environmental research and product testing. ACC members and chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development, and are advancing products, processes and technologies to address climate change, enhance air and water quality, and progress toward a more sustainable, circular economy.

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