On April 28, Chris Cathcart, President & CEO of the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA), announced his retirement, effective January 2017, to staff and the CSPA Board.
Cathcart, who has led the organization for 16 years, said he is a leaving an association that has built a strong reputation for effective policy-making with legislators and regulators in Washington and in states. “With the tremendous support and involvement of our 250 member companies, we get a lot done on behalf of the household and institutional products industry,” he said. “The Board’s recent strategic planning study indicates that CSPA has built a great brand and the stakeholders we work with continue to acknowledge our effectiveness. I have full confidence in the future of this organization and I am ready to move onto the next chapter – which for me means a lot more family time.”
CSPA Board Chair Bill Auriemma, President of Diversified CPC International, said Cathcart’s retirement comes at a time when the association is financially sound and well positioned for the future “We appreciate the strong leadership and dedication that Chris Cathcart has demonstrated and we are pleased he will continue as President and CEO through the end of the year. Our Board is deeply engaged in building a strategic plan for the future that will keep CSPA moving forward,” he said. The CSPA Board will meet next at the association’s Mid-Year Meeting May 9-12 at National Harbor, MD.
Auriemma credited Cathcart with shepherding the association’s successful commitment to increased engagement with legislators, regulators, retailers and NGOs during the past decade. “The industries that CSPA represents have undergone tremendous change during Chris’ tenure,” Auriemma said. “And he has been an excellent leader in anticipating where the association needs to innovate.” Indicative of those efforts, on April 28, EPA recognized CSPA as one of only two trade groups named a 2016 Safer Choice Partner of the Year.