GEMI Announces New Board of Directors: Board to be Led by Maurice Bechard, JohnsonDiversey

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) has announced their 2009 Board of Directors which will be led by Maurice (Moe) Bechard, Director Global EH&S, JohnsonDiversey, Inc.

“The 2009 Board of Directors is an outstanding group of leaders,” states Bob Accarino, Director, Global Environmental Affairs, Abbott, the outgoing Chair and new Chair Emeritus of GEMI. “The new Board, led by Moe Bechard, will excel in developing fresh perspectives while maintaining the integrity and overall goals of the organization, and I am confident that their combined knowledge and experience will successfully carry GEMI into the New Year,” added Accarino.

“I am honored to serve as GEMI’s new Chair,” said Bechard. “I am committed to continuing to help GEMI provide value to its members, while supporting its efforts to be recognized as a leader in providing strategies for businesses to achieve environmental, health and safety (EHS) excellence, economic success and corporate citizenship.”

The 2009 Board of Directors includes:

Chair: Maurice Bechard, Director Global EH&S, JohnsonDiversey, Inc.

Vice Chair: Keith Miller, Manager, Environmental Initiatives and Sustainability, 3M

Finance: Steve Schwalb, Vice President, Environmental Sustainability, Perdue Incorporated

Tools: Leslie Montgomery, Environmental Stewardship Program Manager, Southern Company

Membership: Lindell Sneed, Manager, Environmental Programs, Abbott

Communications: Angie Grooms, Director, Corporate EHS Integration and Governance, Duke Energy

Benchmark: Gregg Belardo, Director, Environmental Affairs, Wyeth

SAC: Bill Lechner, Vice President, EHS & Security, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

Chair Emeritus: Bob Accarino, Director, Global Environmental Affairs, Abbott

“I look forward to working with our new Board and the GEMI membership,” stated Bechard. “Over the years, GEMI has built a foundation of value and integrity which was significantly enhanced by the actions of the 2008 Board under Bob Accarino’s leadership. It is upon this foundation that GEMI will continue to build as an organization through creative discussion, support and growth of its members,” concluded Bechard.

GEMI members include: 3M; Abbott; Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc.; Biogen Idec; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; BNSF Railway Company; Cadbury; Carnival Corporation & PLC; ConAgra Foods; Duke Energy; DuPont; Eastman Kodak Company; Ecolab, Inc.; FedEx; Johnson & Johnson; Johnson Controls, Inc.; JohnsonDiversey, Inc.; Kraft Foods Inc.; Merck & Company, Inc.; Occidental Petroleum Corporation; Perdue Farms, Inc.; The Procter & Gamble Company; Roche; Schering-Plough Corporation; The Scotts Company; Smithfield Foods, Inc.; Southern Company; and, Wyeth.

For more information about GEMI please visit GEMI’s website at

    Arielle Brown, GEMI: 202-296-7449
    Amy Goldman, GEMI: 202-296-7449



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