Joseph Acker, former SOCMA president, dies

07 December 2010 23:19  [Source: ICIS news]

WASHINGTON (ICIS)--Joseph Acker, former president of the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) and a leading figure in the chemical industry, died on Monday, the society said in a statement on Tuesday.

Acker passed away following a months-long battle with pancreatic cancer, the society said.

A former president and chief executive of DanChem Technologies, Acker was named president of SOCMA in 2003.

“As president, he propelled SOCMA to new heights by raising its profile on Capitol Hill, solidifying key alliances with regulatory agencies, growing its international membership base and encouraging all members to take a more active role in the association’s lobbying efforts,” the society said in a statement.

Acker was twice named among the Top 40 power players in the global chemicals industry by ICIS.

He retired as SOCMA president in December last year.

Earlier in his career in the US chemicals sector, Acker held engineering and executive positions with Bayer, FMC and Merck & Co among others.

He frequently was quoted in news reports, including by ICIS.

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