WASHINGTON -- Michael Campbell, president and cheif executive officer of Arch Chemicals in Norwalk, Conn., began a two-year term as chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers on January 1, 2009.
Campbell has led Arch Chemicals since the company's inception in 1999. He previously served ad Olin Corp.'s executive vice president and president of Olin Microelectronic Materials. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of New Hampshire.
Campbell was elected chairman at the NAM's semi-annual Board of Directors meeting in October 2008. He succeeds Charles E. Bunch, chairman and chief executive officer, PPG Industries.
"As NAM chairman, I look forward to working with President-elect Obama, his Administration and the new Congress to help America’s manufacturers remain a vital engine of growth and prosperity,” Campbell said. “With the right policies and legislation in place, U.S. industry can continue to lead the world in manufacturing productivity, innovation and output. This is central to our belief that manufacturing should be a significant part of the economic recovery.”
Campbell also stressed the need for quick action on an economic stimulus plan to bolster the nation's economy, create jobs, and enhance America's competitiveness.
“Given the serious economic challenges facing manufacturers and our nation, the NAM is very encouraged by the focused effort of President-elect Obama and the new Congress to craft an economic recovery plan,” Campbell added. “There is no doubt that the global financial crisis has created great economic uncertainty for manufacturers. My priorities as chairman of the NAM reflect the critical need to promote capital investment and job creation.”