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Rebecca Korwin PhD, State Industrial Products, Is Chair of HCPA

Meghan Lieb PhD, WD-40, is first vice-chair and Catherine Trinkle, BASF, is second vice-chair.


By: Tom Branna

Rebecca Korwin PhD, State Industrial Products, Is Chair of HCPA

The Household and Commercial Products Association annual meeting last month drew 370 attendees; that’s up from the 2021 annual meeting, but still not at HCPA’s pre-covid 2019 attendance (386). Still, the improvement underscores members’ desire to reconnect, according to Association executives.

“After two years of virtual and hybrid events, it was great to see so many members in-person at the Annual Meeting,” said Alexandra Hayes, SVP-communications & public affairs. “Our attendance numbers are almost back to pre-covid numbers, which is exciting to see and shows just how much attendees value the conversations and connections they can only get from being in-person.”

During the general session, attendees heard HCPA President and CEO Steve Caldeira’s state-of-the-association presentation. Afterwards, Major Garrett, CBS News’ chief Washington correspondent, provided a review of the 2022 US election and gave some predictions on what to expect in 2024.

Elections, Past and Future

Major Garrett of CBS News.                       Photos courtesy of HCPA

After Democrats held on to the Senate and a Red Wave never materialized in the House (although Republicans did gain a majority), Garrett explained why so many pundits got the results wrong—again.

“Voters surprise you and that’s a good thing!” he explained. “They tell pollsters one thing and do another.”

Garrett said he has never seen an election hinge on a single issue like abortion rights impacted the 2022 results. He called it a difference maker in key areas of the country.

What do the results mean for President Biden? With a slim majority, presumed incoming Speaker of House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) will have a tough time slowing down the President’s agenda.

“The House only functions when the majority imposes its will,” according to Garrett.

Some of the issues that the House is expected to take on include:
• Hunter Biden investigation;
• Impeachment of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over US border security; and
• An investigation into Dr. Anthony Fauci’s handling of the US covid response.

As for 2024, Garrett said it is entirely possible that there is a rematch of 2020 between former President Donald J. Trump and President Biden. If that’s the case, it could come down to two competing messages; Trump’s “You don’t know how bad things will get” v. Biden’s “You don’t know how great things are going to be.”

A New HCPA Board of Directors

While voters brace themselves for the 2024 US Presidential Election, HCPA member took time during the annual meeting to elect a new board of directors. The new Chair is Rebecca Korwin PhD, EVP-science and innovation, State Industrial Products.

Other HCPA board members include:

First Vice Chair: Meghan Lieb PhD, VP-global R&D, WD-40 Company;

Second Vice Chair: Catherine Trinkle, deputy general counsel, regulatory & environmental law, and head of government affairs, BASF Corporation;

Treasurer: Luciana Castro, head of legal & compliance strategy, advocacy and business ethics, Firmenich;

• Steve Caldeira, president & CEO, HCPA; and

Immediate Past Chair: Greg Adamson PhD, SVP-Givaudan Fragrances Corp.

Current board members are:

• Hal Ambuter, VP-regulatory affairs & policy, Reckitt
• Tiffany Atwell, SVP-global government relations, Ecolab
• Bart Bastian, president and CEO, Spray Products Corporation
• Dan Bigman, CEO, Gasco Industrial Corporation
• Joel Burdick, PhD, VP-scientific & regulatory affairs, Bath & Body Works
• David Burks, EVP, Diversified CPC International
• Laura Coelho, VP-home care business unit, scent & care NA, Symrise, Inc.
• Nick Ferring, GM, PLZ Aeroscience
• Adriano Galimberti, VP & GM, NA, Stepan Company
• Steven Gullickson, president, MGK
• Xing Han, head of North America regulatory affairs, IFF
• Brian Herrington, VP-external affairs & foundation president, Scotts Miracle-Gro 
• Cheri Kedrowski, executive director, compliance & regulatory affairs, The 3M Company
• Lorne Lucree, chief innovation officer, head of environmental, social, governance, Voyant Beauty
• Lisa Pankiewicz, VP-global stewardship, The Clorox Company
• Michael Pfefferkorn, division VP & general counsel, United Industries Corporation
• Terrence J. (Jerry) Porter, SVP, R&D, global fabric care, flavors & fragrance discipline capability and fabric & home care sector, The Procter & Gamble Company
• Kevin Rejent, Senior Counsel – Regulatory & Head of Government Affairs, Energizer Holdings, Inc
• Michelle Rudnick, Global Director of Regulatory Affairs, CRC Industries, Inc.
• Diego Ruiz, VP, Global Government Relations, SC Johnson
• John Schierlmann, Director of R&D, Bona
• Adam Warren, VP, Product Innovation, Laundry & Home Care R&D, NA, Henkel Corporation
• Xiaodong (Shel) Zhang, Senior Director, R&D, The Dow Chemical Company
• Michael Boucher, Legal Counsel, Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP

HCPA Volunteer Award Winners flank HCPA Chair Greg Adamson.
Also, during the meeting, HCPA recognized the contributions of its members with the annual Volunteer Award. The winners are:

• Aerosol Products Division – Bill Wood, PLZ Aeroscience;
• Air Care Products Division – Steve Horenziak, The Procter & Gamble Company;
• Antimicrobial Products Division – Amanda Burwell, Stepan Company;
• Cleaning Products Division – Dolores Shaw, IFF;
• Floor Care Products Division – Julie Vaughn, Lanxess Corporation;
• Industrial & Automotive Products Division – Allison Yoon, CRC Industries; and
• Pest Management Products Division – Lisa Dreilinger, Reckitt.

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