Eric Byer Named Acting CEF Executive Director

ARLINGTON, Va., — Eric Byer, secretary of the Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF) and president of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD), will serve as CEF’s interim executive director starting November 5, announced the leadership of the Foundation.

Byer joined as president of NACD and as secretary of CEF in January 2014. He came to NACD with nearly twenty years of experience in government and public affairs as well as organizational operations. Prior to NACD, Byer was senior vice president at Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, PLC (OFMK) where he led strategic communications, marketing, programs, and government affairs as well as policy initiatives for the firm’s largest clients. Before his tenure at OFMK, Byer was the chief operating officer and vice president of government and industry affairs at the National Air Transportation Association, where he led external affairs and internal operations for the $6.1 million organization. Eric holds a B.A. in Political Science from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and an M.A. in Government from Johns Hopkins University.

John Rice, CEF’s executive director for the past 13 years, resigned November 4. A national search for his replacement is currently underway.


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