ISSA has appointed John Barrett executive director, effective 1 September 2015. Barrett replaces John Garfinkel, who will work in a consultative capacity through 2016 to facilitate a smooth transition.
‘Under Garfinkel’s 25 years of leadership, ISSA evolved into the leading organisation for the global cleaning industry, having grown from 3,000 to 7,200 member firms worldwide. Garfinkel leaves the organisation in a position of strong financial strength with a board of directors and staff committed to accelerating growth and value for all member classes,’ pointed out the ISSA press statement.
“Thank you for your trust, confidence, and support,” said Garfinkel.
“Serving the association these last 25 years has been the highest honour and most rewarding experience in my 50 years within the cleaning industry. Earlier this year, I requested the board commence its search for a new executive director.
“The board has gone through a sound, effective process, and we are all fortunate in the selection and acceptance of the position by John Barrett. John [Barrett] is well-qualified and motivated to move us forward having many years of leadership experience at the CEO level, both inside and outside our industry.”
Barrett’s more than 35 years of experience includes serving as CEO, president, vice chair, trustee, and board director at some of the leading companies in the technology, manufacturing, distribution, private equity, and service industries.
His experience includes accepting increasing levels of responsibility at such well known companies as Frontenac, SMS Assist, Compass Group, Kimco Corp, York Management, Gemini Industries, Ogden Allied, and Xerox.
Barrett has served as an ISSA board member for the past six years, with the last three as an officer, serving this year as treasurer. An Evans Scholar, Barrett graduated from the University of Michigan in 1981 with a degree in economics and speech communications. He earned his MBA with an emphasis in finance and marketing from the University of Chicago in 1986.
“The work of ISSA is nothing short of mission-critical to human health and wellness,” Barrett emphasised. “Our association understands the true value of clean and its importance to economic and social advancement. I have never been more proud to be a part of something so absolutely essential.”