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CBA Elects New Chairman

2 May 2017

The CBA has elected Mottie Kessler MBE, Chairman and Chief Executive of the 2M Group as its new Chairman for a two-year term.

Mottie Kessler founded the 2M Group twelve years ago and, since that time, it has evolved into a portfolio of chemical distribution and service companies. The business now has an international footprint, exports to over 90 countries, and employs 250 people.

Mottie Kessler received the Director of the Year award for mid-market enterprises and the award for Global Director of the Year from the Institute of Directors in 2015.

In 2017, he received an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List for his services to industry and exporting in the North West of England.

Mottie Kessler said, “It is an honour to be elected as CBA’s Chairman.  The chemical business provides crucial building blocks to all UK industries. In the next two years, the industry will face many challenges. Our key objective is to work with our members and policy makers to ensure we sustain the profitability and growth of the UK chemical supply chain.”

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Further information from:
Peter Newport, Chief Executive
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(1) The Chemical Business Association (CBA) represents the independent chemical supply chain.  Its membership includes distributors, traders, warehouse operators, along with logistics and transport companies.  CBA’s members, the majority of which are SMEs, are the main industry interface with thousands of UK downstream chemical users.

(2) CBA member companies employ more than 8,700 people.  They distribute, pack, and blend nearly 4 million tonnes of chemicals each year with a market value of almost three billion euros.  In addition, CBA’s logistics member companies handle more than four and a half million tonnes of chemicals annually.

(3) CBA also elected Darren Budd, of BTC (the UK distribution business of BASF), as its new Vice Chairman.

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