WASHINGTON—Christopher Jahn has been selected to lead the American Chemistry Council as president and CEO, a role he will take in late October. In doing so, he succeeds Cal Dooley, who has held that position since 2008.
Dooley and Jahn will work closely together in the coming months to ensure a smooth leadership transition.
"I'm honored to have been chosen to lead ACC, one of the most influential trade associations in the country and the leading voice of the domestic chemical industry at all levels of policy making," Jahn said in a statement. "For someone who has dedicated their career to advancing pro-growth public policy that protects both people and the environment, there isn't a more dynamic industry or association out there."
Jerry MacCleary, Covestro chairman and CEO who serves on the ACC Board of Directors, praised Jahn's understanding of the industry and its challenges, saying his clear vision for navigating those challenges will be an asset to the council.
"He understands our need to both build on and reimagine the chemical industry's leadership role in advancing a safer, cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable future," MacCleary said. "He's a natural fit to build on the exceptionally strong industry reputation and foundation that Cal has established over the last eleven years."
Jahn, president and CEO of the Fertilizer Institute, began his career on Capitol Hill, where he served as chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Craig Thomas (R-Wy.). Since then, he has taken on several leadership roles within the chemicals industry, including that of president of the National Association of Chemical Distributors.
It was through these chemicals industry positions and the relationships established therein, that Jahn has set himself apart as a leader, according to Dooley.
"During my tenure at ACC, I've had numerous opportunities to work alongside Chris while he was at NACD and TFI," Dooley said in a statement. "His experience, leadership, and relationships—both on Capitol Hill and with ACC member companies—are a tremendous asset. I know that I'll be leaving ACC in terrific hands."