AMPP CEO Announces Retirement
At the end of last month, the Association for Materials Protection and Performance announced that CEO Bob Chalker plans to retire in July 2023. Beginning this month, the AMPP board of directors will conduct a formal search for a successor, considering internal and external candidates for the position.
According to the emailed release, Chalker has served in his role for more than 12 years, first as CEO of NACE International and then with AMPP through the merger of NACE and SSPC in 2021.
“It has been a privilege to serve as CEO of this great organization, and I want to extend my thanks to AMPP’s employees and members who have enabled the association to achieve so much,” said Chalker.
“I am honored to have had the opportunity to support such an important industry and so many hard-working people who share a sincere passion for the work they do. It is hard to say goodbye, but I leave knowing the association is in the hands of an incredible staff team and the extraordinary and committed AMPP and AMPP Global Center boards of directors.”
Chalker has worked with the boards, member leadership and AMPP staff to “build a culture of excellence, expand the association’s global reach, and develop strategic approaches to supporting and serving industry and member needs.”
Additionally, Chalker noted he is proud of the work he has done over the years, particularly the success that has come from the merger of NACE and SSPC.
“We are grateful for Bob’s years of steady, thoughtful leadership and he will be sincerely missed,” said AMPP Global Center Chair, Cris Conner. “As a leader and an innovator for our industry, Bob has delivered more in his tenure than we could have envisioned a decade ago. His commitment and tireless dedication to the association is evident in his many achievements and the invaluable legacy he leaves behind.”
“After first working with Bob on the SSPC-NACE merger and then through the launch of AMPP I have had the opportunity to see him as a champion for every member of the AMPP community,” said Sam Scaturro, Chair of AMPP. “He has set the association on a path to support our members and industry stakeholders worldwide and he will be leaving the board with a roadmap to ensure the organization continues on that path.”
AMPP reports that the board of directors will appoint a search committee to oversee the CEO search process, choosing a successor with a target date for the decision by March. This will allow the new CEO to meet AMPP members and industry leaders during the AMPP Annual Conference + Expo in Colorado.
Chalker will reportedly remain with the organization through the transition and support of onboarding the new CEO.