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Dooley delays ACC retirement as plastics come under fire

Board chair admits ‘a little arm twisting’ to convince CEO to reverse decision and remain through 2019 to lead effort on waste

American Chemistry Council CEO Cal Dooley

June 22, 2018
By William Ehart

Not so fast on news of Cal Dooley’s retirement at American Chemistry Council, which was announced in April.

The $123 million-revenue association issued a statement June 11 saying Dooley has agreed to stay on through next year. The ACC board said it believes Dooley’s continued leadership is needed to see through a major new initiative on plastic waste as governments and activist groups increasingly gear up to combat its impact on oceans and waterways.

ACC had retained executive search firm Korn Ferry to conduct the search for Dooley’s replacement. The group said the search has been suspended, but Korn Ferry will resume efforts in mid-2019.

Plastics News noted that Dooley’s about-face came two days after most G-7 nations reached a pact to fight plastic waste in the oceans. (The U.S. and Japan declined to sign the measure.)