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Busy year for CEO transitions wraps up

Dec. 14, 2018

Dozens of leaders at some of the largest and most influential associations announced they would retire or change jobs in 2018.
The transitions at so many high-profile groups helped create a chain reaction of churn, as search committees and recruiters sometimes tapped CEOs at other associations to fill the vacancies.  Dirk Kempthorne’s departure from the American Council of Life Insurers resulted in openings for new CEOs at American Beverage Association and American Hotel & Lodging Association.

Other retirements include Jack Gerard at American Petroleum Institute, Ed Hamberger at Association of American Railroads and Cathy Weatherford at Insured Retirement Institute.

Cal Dooley of American Chemistry Council announced and then retracted his retirement in June. Board members convinced the CEO to stay on to spearhead initiatives to address plastic waste.

Bill Carteaux, CEO of the Plastics Industry Association, died Dec. 10 after battling leukemia.