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People on the Move


People on the Move highlights the career advancements of high-level trailblazers working professionally in diverse areas of standardization, contributing every day to the strength and success of the U.S. standards and conformance community.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) announced that Rebecca McPhail, West Virginia Manufacturers Association (WVMA) president, will join ACC as its new vice president of state affairs and political mobilization, effective December 18. She will succeed Rudy Underwood, who retired in July after more than three decades with ACC. 

McPhail has served as WVMA’s president since 2013, and during that time she helped build consensus across party lines and industry sectors, and advocated for legislation to aid in the retention and expansion of the West Virginia chemical manufacturing industry. During her tenure, she helped implement strategic initiatives for economic competitiveness, and establish statewide programs including the WVMA Education Foundation, Inc. to support educational opportunities and career paths for students in the state.

Previously, McPhail served as the president of Vision Shared, a statewide economic development organization. She was also the assistant vice president of development at Marshall University, and prior to that role, she served as grant development and research manager and interim director of development for the YMCA of greater Cleveland in Cleveland, Ohio. 

“I will help drive ACC’s mission across the country at the state level by advocating for the people, policy, and products of chemistry,” said McPhail. “I’m excited for the opportunity to support the continued creation of jobs, solutions, and economic prosperity that result in productive outcomes for American manufacturers, workers, and their communities.”

“Rebecca’s greatest forte is that she brings balance and determination to reach across party lines and find common sense solutions to the policy issues we face in states across the nation,” said Chris Jahn, ACC president and CEO. “Her reputation as a collaborative, solutions-focused advocate among state legislators precedes her. She is also a mobilizer that builds consensus and pathways for economic development, safe manufacturing, and community-first engagement in which chemical manufacturers and the communities in which they operate can thrive together.”


The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) has named Steven M. Lothary its new chief financial officer, effective November 1. He will succeed Bruce Sufranski, who will retire at the end of October after more than 14 years with ASSP.

As part of ASSP’s leadership team, Lothary will oversee all financial functions of ASSP and the ASSP Foundation. He will work with the CEO and Board of Directors to align resources with the organization’s strategic direction, and create and manage a long-term financial sustainability plan and work to increase reserves. Additionally, he will also oversee human resources, which includes compensation and benefits, organizational planning and talent management.

Lothary brings more than 20 years of experience in the not-for-profit and association industry. Most recently, he served for six years as senior director of finance at the Emergency Nurses Association, which provides education for more than 50,000 emergency department nurses. For that position, he led the redesign of their budget process and implemented an automated budget system. Prior to that, Lothary was director of finance and facilities for the American Society of Anesthesiologists, for which he implemented monthly dashboard reporting that focused on major revenue sources to better enable the organization’s leaders to pursue strategic initiatives.

“We’re excited to bring Steve on board to continue the competent work and valuable contributions that Bruce has provided for many years,” said ASSP president Jim Thornton. “Steve will play a significant role as we continue to grow post-pandemic and strengthen our position as a global leader in occupational safety and health.”

“This is a terrific opportunity that is meaningful to me because it helps protect worker safety and health,” Lothary said. “My background and career experiences align well with ASSP’s objective of increasing its financial health and stability. I look forward to helping the Society build on its history of success.”


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