CHEMTREC Chief Executive

POSTED ON 2/4/2021 CLOSED ON 3/10/2021
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Founded in 1872, The American Chemistry Council (“ACC”) is America’s oldest trade association representing a diverse set of companies engaged in the business of chemistry.  ACC’s more than 150 members include both large multi-national companies as well as small- and medium-sized chemical companies. Its mission is to deliver value to its members through advocacy, using best-in-class member engagement, political advocacy, communications, and scientific research.  ACC is committed to fostering progress in the economy, environment, and society.  To support this innovative $565 billion industry, ACC works to solve some of the biggest challenges facing the nation and world by promoting and protecting the business of chemistry’s leadership in driving innovation, creating jobs, and enhancing safety in performance, processes, and products. 

The business of Chemistry:

  • Drives innovations that enable a more sustainable future.
  • Provides 542,000 skilled good paying jobs—plus over 4 million related jobs—that support families and communities.
  • Enhances safety through a diverse set of products and investments in R&D.

Every year, the chemistry industry invests tens of millions of dollars to ensure that the products making modern living possible are safe for consumers, their communities, and the environment. In addition to research initiatives, ACC programs focus on anticipating and preventing accidents, as well as educating the public about how to use products safely.

With an annual operating budget of approximately $128 million and nearly 270 employees, the ACC is one of the largest and most influential associations in the country.  Delivering business value through exceptional advocacy, the Council also provides a wide range of programs and services, including sponsoring extensive research and testing, to complement the organization’s advocacy efforts.



Founded in 1971, CHEMTREC, a division of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), is the world’s gold standard for emergency response information services in North America.  It performs a critical role in facilitating the safe transportation and handling of hazardous materials. With over 14,000 customers, CHEMTREC has been the chemical industry’s go-to emergency call center for incidents involving hazardous materials, managing over 150,000 calls annually. CHEMTREC makes chemical hazmat shipping compliance easier and reduces risk through reliable, cost-effective emergency preparedness, government compliance, and around the clock support.  CHEMTREC is a 24/7, Level 1 emergency call center that provides information to emergency responders and others who need assistance during hazardous materials incidents such as spills, fires, leaks, or personnel exposures.  In addition, CHEMTREC provides a mechanism for shippers of hazardous materials to comply with certain domestic and international regulations which require an emergency telephone number to be displayed on shipping and other documentation, where immediate access to product information is necessary. 


CHEMTREC has broad reach to large and small companies, as well as non-traditional companies, thus elevating safety performance industry-wide.  Further CHEMTREC provides significant value by offering additional complementary services to ACC members and the entire industry. In addition to call center services, CHEMTREC provides other vital industry services such as:

  • Online Hazmat Training – Professionals of all levels have access to high quality online hazmat training courses to ensure compliance with U.S. Department of Transportation regulations under the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR).
  • Lithium Battery Solutions - Compliance for shipping lithium batteries and cells is becoming increasingly complex. As the use of lithium batteries in devices grows across all industries, the greater the risk of safety incidents during shipment. CHEMTREC offers services to ensure compliance with today’s battery regulations and preparation for future requirements.
  • Safety Data Sheets – With more than 6,000,000 records, CHEMTREC houses the largest database of safety data sheets in North America. SDS Direct is a digital platform that provides members with instant access to vital forms to streamline emergency response and mitigate impact quickly and efficiently.

CHEMTREC also serves as a 24/7 reporting and information service for companies that manufacture, ship, transport, or handle hazardous materials (e.g., reporting for quality control, pre-incident notification, crisis communication, etc.).  CHEMTREC has aspects of both a public service and a commercial organization, providing services globally from its facility in Falls Church, Virginia and maintains branch offices in Beijing, China, Sao Paulo, Brazil and in the UK.  

CHEMTREC is poised for growth over the next five years including increased market penetration of its L1 Services, geographical growth, additional complementary services, and continued growth in the value chain of response services.



The Chief Executive is responsible for overall leadership of CHEMTREC, ensuring its continuous value, relevancy, and responsiveness to more than 14,000 customers and affiliates globally.  Working in collaboration with an executive-level Advisory Committee comprised of ACC member companies, the Chief Executive develops and implements the strategic goals, objectives, and annual business plans for the organization, including the ongoing review/assessment of CHEMTREC’s business model, product and service innovation, and opportunities to better serve the industry’s broader safety objectives and commitment.   He/she evaluates new business opportunities for significantly increasing the organization’s business activities globally.   

The Chief Executive ensures coordination of all elements of the organization including operations, sales and marketing, product development, strategic relationships, public outreach, finance, and administrative functions. The position also oversees the design, operation, and maintenance of CHEMTREC’s physical assets, including the facility and supporting systems.  He/she has direct oversight of 70 full time professionals and a $35M annual budget.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Strategic Planning. Creates and implements a forward thinking, visionary strategic business plan for CHEMTREC that is aligned with safety priorities of the ACC and its members. Identifies opportunities for continued global expansion and enhanced services to increase value to customer groups and the broader industry.
  • Business Planning and Financial Management. Develops an annual business plan with clear organizational metrics and accountabilities to evaluate program objectives, resource requirements, growth targets, and operational budgeting. Provides strong fiscal stewardship of all CHEMTREC assets, optimizing financial performance. Provides appropriate due diligence for investments and business decisions.
  • Operational Readiness.  Ensures a high state of operational readiness of the organization including the facility, systems, technology, and personnel to meet customer expectations and contractual obligations.  Evaluates necessary investments to meet these objectives.
  • Board Relations. Cultivates a transparent and collaborative working relationship with the ACC Advisory Committee and ACC senior executive staff to ensure open dialogue and alignment regarding priorities and results against strategic milestones, and the broader safety objectives for the industry.
  • External Affairs. Serves as a passionate and influential spokesperson for CHEMTREC. Effectively represents the organization with myriad audiences globally, including the affiliate network, ACC members, customer groups, strategic partners, and other external stakeholders to increase awareness for the vital services provided by CHEMTREC. 
  • Service and Product Development. Builds on CHEMTREC’s strong financial position through relevant product and program innovation and development, ensuring delivery of comprehensive, high quality and relevant services to current and prospective customer groups.  Ensures the sustainability of the organization long term, particularly in the face of growing competition and the changing needs of customers.
  • Organizational Leadership. Provides oversight and leadership of approximately 70 highly dedicated and skilled diverse professionals. Attracts, develops, and retains best in class diverse talent, fostering an environment of engagement, collaboration, and teamwork. Sets a clear vision for goals and expectations and establishes performance objectives and standards of excellence.
  • Global Experience.  Serves as the global business leader for CHEMTREC, forging key relationships worldwide, including with affiliates, key industry associations, government, and business.  Extensive domestic and international travel.



The Chief Executive will be a strategic and visionary leader with at least 10 years of proven executive level global business experience in an organization of similar or larger scope and complexity. He/she will ideally possess a demonstrated knowledge of the chemical and chemical-related industry, including hazardous materials transportation, supply chain, and the hazardous materials transportation regulatory scheme. He/she will be an innovative, strategic thinker with proven communications and relationship-building skills and possess significant organizational management experience capable of effectively leading a 70 person global team of professionals.  The Chief Executive will be committed to advancing long-term service solutions to mitigate the impact of emergency situations and scaling the organization to meet the emerging needs of customers worldwide.

Specific experience and qualifications will include the following:

  • Visionary leader capable of anticipating and addressing significant global trends and drivers impacting the industry.  Demonstrated agility to address disruption and proactively lead change and growth in the organization.
  • Proven experience effectively working with diverse stakeholders to lead the development and execution of strategic and business plans against clear growth goals.
  • An ability to balance both the strategic growth objectives of CHEMTREC’s core business, with the broader opportunity to partner with ACC to leverage “lessons learned” and the rich data resources to advance the chemical industry’s commitment to safety.
  • Experienced staff leader, with a demonstrated track record for attracting, developing, mentoring, and managing a high-performing, collaborative team in a results-oriented, fast-paced environment.  An effective delegator to senior staff whose background and experience compliments their own. 
  • Experience navigating complex internal structures across entities and myriad departments in order to advance the strategic objectives of the broader organization. An ability to build consensus in a team environment and coordinate across multiple groups within a large organization.
  • Stellar interpersonal skills to serve as a credible, articulate, and persuasive spokesperson for CHEMTREC. 
  • Superior interpersonal and stakeholder relationship building skills, capable of building critical trusting industry relationships with customer groups, the business community, regulatory bodies, the ACC leadership team, and other key stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated business development, marketing, and revenue generation leadership, with clear accountability for results.
  • An effective proactive decision-maker, with the appropriate sense of urgency to achieving key objectives.
  • An understanding of how to leverage technology and AI to better inform decisions.
  • Merger and acquisition and/or joint venture and partnership development experience highly desirable.



An undergraduate degree is required. 



A competitive compensation package will be provided to attract outstanding candidates. 


Korn/Ferry shall provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified candidates, and will refer candidates without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected basis.


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