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Procter & Gamble’s Robert Bartolo Receives 2020 ACI Distinguished Service Award

Honor Presented at 2020 ACI Convention


Orlando, FL – January 30, 2020 – Dr. Robert Bartolo, Director – Global Product Stewardship at Procter & Gamble, is the 2020 recipient of the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) Elva Walker Spillane Distinguished Service Award. The honor was presented at the 2020 ACI Annual Meeting & Industry Convention.


Dr. Bartolo is being recognized for his exceptional contributions to the cleaning products industry and to ACI.


Rob Bartolo joined Procter & Gamble in 1988 and over the past 31 years has held a wide range of leadership roles, including regulatory affairs, environmental safety, microbiology, product safety and statistics.


He has been actively engaged at ACI for several decades in a range of areas including ACI strategic planning, active engagement on the Strategic Advisory Committee (SAC) and providing in-depth “sweat equity” on regulatory and technical issues.


Over the past year he has been an active member of ACI’s Strategy Work Group, helping to develop the 2020-2022 strategic plan. He has been a leader in defining ACI’s strategic initiatives as a member of the SAC over the last eight years. He was elected Vice Chair of SAC in January 2013 and was Chair of the Committee from mid-2013 to early 2017.


In addition, Rob was engaged in industry’s efforts during the 1990s to provide information and data related to the benefits and safety of antiseptic hand hygiene products.


Rob graduated from Miami University with a B.S. in Chemistry and received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He is the author of multiple peer-reviewed journal articles covering bacterial resistance, enzyme safety, skin mildness and has received 19 patents covering fabric treatments, antimicrobial products and personal cleansing products.


“If you could define selflessness, dedication and commitment in two words, it would be: Rob Bartolo,” said Melissa Hockstad, ACI President & CEO. “Rob has provided countless hours of smart, strategic advice, guidance and leadership that has helped ACI become a more focused, member-driven organization serving the cleaning product supply chain.”


ACI’s Distinguished Service Award is named in honor of the late Elva Walker Spillane, the former National Purity LLC chief executive who served on the association’s Board for 20 years. The award honors an individual for extensive or exceptional service to ACI, who promoted the growth and interests of the Institute and the industries it represents and who exercised outstanding leadership within ACI.



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.