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American Cleaning Institute Announces Promotions for Three Team Members

Washington, DC – January 8, 2020 – The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) announced promotions for three of its team members, including two leaders in its scientific and regulatory department.


Dr. James Kim, previously Associate Vice President, Science & Regulatory Affairs, is now the Vice President, Science & Regulatory Affairs. Late last year ACI announced that Dr. Kim would lead the department following the departure of Richard Sedlak, who retired as Executive Vice President, Technical & International Affairs after 42 years at ACI.


Dr. Kim joined ACI in July 2018 after several years as the Senior Toxicologist at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. His areas of responsibility include research, regulatory affairs and outreach related to the toxicology, human safety and efficacy of topical antiseptics.


Kathleen Stanton, a 17-year veteran of ACI, was named Associate Vice President, Technical & International Affairs. Stanton previously was ACI’s Senior Director, Technical & Regulatory Affairs. She will now lead the association’s international regulatory and outreach efforts and continues to undertake research and analysis to support ACI’s scientific and regulatory programs.


Edgar Chavez, a ten-year ACI employee, was promoted to Controller, supporting ACI’s finance and accounting functions. He previously was Senior Accounting Manager.


“We are fortunate to have an outstanding team in place to serve our membership,” said Melissa Hockstad, ACI President & CEO. “In particular, the breadth of experience we have at ACI provides unparalleled experience and expertise for the cleaning product supply chain.”


The American Cleaning Institute® (ACI – is the Home of the U.S. Cleaning Products Industry® and represents the $60 billion U.S. cleaning product supply chain. ACI members include the manufacturers and formulators of soaps, detergents, and general cleaning products used in household, commercial, industrial and institutional settings; companies that supply ingredients and finished packaging for these products; and chemical distributors.  ACI serves the growth and innovation of the U.S. cleaning products industry by advancing the health and quality of life of people and protecting our planet. ACI achieves this through a continuous commitment to sound science and being a credible voice for the cleaning products industry.