WASHINGTON – The American Coatings Association (ACA) announced the election of two new officers to its Board of Directors. Charles W.  Shaver (Charlie), Chairman and CEO of Axalta Coating Systems, will serve as ACA Chairman, and Charles E.  Bennett (Chuck), Chairman of Randolph Products Inc. and Vice Chairman of Dixie Chemical Co., will serve as ACA Vice Chairman & Treasurer.

Shaver has spent over 35 years in the global petrochemical, oil and gas industry. From 2004 to 2011, prior to leading Axalta, he was CEO and President of the TPC Group. Shaver also served as Vice President and General Manager for General Chemical from 2001 through 2004 and as a Vice President and General Manager for Arch Chemicals from 1999 through 2001. He began his career with the Dow Chemical Co. serving in a series of operational, engineering and business positions from 1980 through 1996.

Similarly, Bennett has had a career devoted to the industry, beginning in 1979 with a position at Guardsman Products. He held various positions at Guardsman and was CEO and President upon his departure in 1996, when the company was sold to Lily Industries. At that time, he founded Polymer Products Inc., a company that manufactured coatings resins. Two years later, he sold the company and served as Cook Composites and Polymers’ CEO until 2008. He was Dixie Chemicals’ CEO from 2009 to 2015. He has been an equity partner involved in various management roles at Randolph Products since 2001.

“We’re delighted to have Charlie and Chuck as our new officers,” said ACA President Andy Doyle. “Both gentlemen are extraordinary and experienced leaders committed to the growth and well-being of the paint and coatings industry.”

Both Shaver and Bennett will serve two-year terms on ACA’s board, ending in April 2018.