William “Bill” A. Fidler, member of the management board of Brenntag AG, which is the parent company for Brenntag North America, was named the 2013 Distributor of the Year by the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD). Individuals who are selected to receive this award have demonstrated exemplary dedication to the mission and goals of the Association and are selected by a committee of past recipients.
In presenting the award to Fidler, Andrew Skipp, Immediate past chairman of the board and the 2012 recipient of the award, remarked on Bill’s service and dedication to the Association and the chemical distribution industry. Fidler was commended for his personal participation on many levels but also for his active support of Brenntag employees in engaging in NACD programs and in their service on NACD committees and Association leadership positions.
Skipp commented, “As a former president of Brenntag, Bill leads by example in a most personal way; with passion and determination to make NACD the finest organization in the country in support of the chemical distribution industry.” He continued, “Brenntag is second to none in exemplifying what Responsible Distribution stands for by setting such a high standard of quality, and Bill has been in the forefront; providing extraordinary leadership to further our goals at NACD.”
Fidler currently is a Member of the Management Board of Brenntag AG. He is responsible for Brenntag's North and Latin American operations. Until October 2013, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Brenntag North America, Inc. and also as its President since 2006. Prior to that he served as an Executive Vice President of Brenntag North America since 1998. He started his career with Textile Chemical Co., Reading (PA) in 1970 and developed excellent leadership skills and industry knowledge within the chemical distribution market.
Brenntag is the global market leader in full-line chemical distribution. Linking chemical manufacturers and chemical users, Brenntag provides business-to-business distribution solutions for industrial and specialty chemicals globally. With over 10,000 products and a world-class supplier base, Brenntag offers one-stop-shop solutions to more than 170,000 customers. The value-added services include just-in-time delivery, product mixing, formulation, repackaging, inventory management, drum return handling as well as extensive technical support. Headquartered in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany, the company operates a global network with more than 450 locations in over 70 countries. In 2012 the company realized global sales of EUR 9.7 billion (USD 12.5 billion) with nearly 13,000 employees.
NACD and its over 400 member companies are vital to the chemical supply chain providing products to over 750,000 end users. They make a delivery every eight seconds while maintaining a safety record that is more than twice as good as all manufacturing combined. NACD members are leaders in health, safety, security, and environmental performance through implementation of Responsible Distribution, established in 1991 as a condition of membership and a third-party verified management practice. For additional information on its members, their safety record or NACD, visit NACD at www.nacd.com.