SOCMA Names Jennifer L. Abril President and CEO of Association

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October 13, 2016

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SOCMA Names Jennifer L. Abril President and CEO of Association

Washington, D.C. The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) Board of Governors announced today that Jennifer L. Abril, former President of the International Fragrance Association (IFRA), has been named President and CEO of the association.

Abril has a bachelor’s degree in International Service from The American University and a master’s degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland. Prior to her time with IFRA, she worked for two years at SOCMA and seven years at the American Chemistry Council. She will begin her new role at SOCMA on Monday, October 24.

“We are pleased to welcome Jennifer to the SOCMA family,” said Chuck Bennett, Vice Chairman of Dixie Chemical and Chairman of SOCMA’s Board of Governors. “More than ever the fine and specialty batch chemical industry, ranging from small family businesses to large multinational companies, is relying on SOCMA to represent its interests in a tumultuous regulatory environment. We believe Jennifer brings us strong expertise and a fresh set of eyes to lead our already excellent staff,” he added. 

“SOCMA’s members and its hardworking staff have an excellent reputation with federal regulatory agencies and Capitol Hill,” said Abril. “The association is clearly a respected voice in Washington and beyond. I am excited to join the team and help continue to bring added value programs to our current and future members. I believe we are well positioned for growth and success as we approach our centennial celebration in 2021.”


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