A.I.S.E General Assembly elects new President & Leadership Team

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Brussels - 21 June 2016 The International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products (A.I.S.E.) today elected Dr. Arndt Scheidgen (Henkel) as its new President at the General Assembly held in Brussels. Further announcements included excellent progress in sustainability results and overall growth in both the household and professional cleaning and hygiene sector. Three new companies were approved as members of the association.

Arndt Scheidgen will serve as A.I.S.E. President for a two-year mandate from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2018.  He takes over the role from Charles-François Gaudefroy (Unilever).

"I’d like to thank Charles-François for his dedication and constructive leadership of the association for four years. Looking forward, we will focus on better regulation and sustainable growth of our sector, for the benefit of both end-users and the European economy. I am committed to these priorities and look forward to leading this industry forward,” states Mr. Scheidgen.

Since 2008, Arndt has been Corporate Vice-President at Henkel in Düsseldorf, responsible for the international product development of laundry and home care products.

Three further appointments have been made:


·         Ms. Nadia Viva (P&G) -Vice-President representing corporate members;

·         Ms. Valérie Lucas (AFISE) - Vice-President representing national associations;

·         Mr. Luis Zunzunegui (S.C. Johnson) - Treasurer. 

New Director of Technical and Regulatory Affairs

At the same time, A.I.S.E. has completed its team with the appointment a new Director of Technical and Regulatory Affairs. Roberto Scazzola comes from the European Commission, where he was in charge of the CLP Regulation and directives relevant for the chemical industry in DG GROW since 2011. Roberto is Italian and has an MA in Environmental Sciences. 

New A.I.S.E. Members

The following three companies have most recently joined the A.I.S.E. membership:

-        As supporting corporate members: STANHOME and HYPRED SA

-        As corresponding member: BODE CHEMIE GmbH

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