SOCMA Re-elects Larry Brotherton as Board of Governors Chairman

Six New Members Join

December 13, 2010

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Washington, DC – The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) announced today that Dr. Larry Brotherton, president and CEO of Ortec, Inc., was re-elected as chairman of SOCMA’s Board of Governors during the association’s 89th Annual Membership Meeting in New York on December 6.

“I welcome the opportunity to again serve SOCMA as Board Chairman and continue the important work of creating greater value for our members by strengthening existing programs and developing new services,” said Dr. Brotherton, who assumed the chairmanship in December 2009.

SOCMA members also re-elected the following slate of officers to the Board of Governors for one-year terms:

  • Vice Chairman – Nicholas Shackley, BASF Corp.
  • Vice Chairman – David Hurder, McGean, Inc.
  • Treasurer – David DeCuir, Albemarle Corp.
  • Secretary – Steel Hutchinson, GFS Chemicals, Inc.
  • Immediate Past Chair – Charles Hinnant, Optima Chemical Group, LLC

Additionally, the following SOCMA members were elected to serve one to three-year terms:

  • Walter Adams – Baker Hughes, Inc.
  • Charles Bennett – Dixie Chemical Company, Inc.
  • Brian Denison – Emerald Performance Materials, LLC
  • Charles Gavin – MFG Chemical, Inc.
  • Charles Hinton – Ethox Chemicals, LLC
  • Aslam Malik – AMPAC Fine Chemicals
  • Graham Merfield – Rhodia Inc. / Novecare
  • Stephen Munk – Ash Stevens, Inc.

SOCMA’s Board of Governors provides strategic direction, maintains fiscal responsibility, and helps management develop business plans to deliver member value. Through regular meetings, the board ensures effective organizational planning and sees that association resources are properly managed.

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