GC3 Innovators Roundtable

Keynote Speakers

David GOlden


Vice President, Chief Legal & Sustainability Officer and Corporate Secretary
Eastman Chemical Company

David A. Golden is Senior Vice President, Chief Legal & Sustainability Officer, and Corporate Secretary for Eastman. Golden has responsibility for Eastman's Legal, Sustainability, Corporate HSES, and Global Public Affairs and Policy Departments, which has personnel in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. He also has overall responsibility for Eastman's Ethics & Corporate Compliance program. Immediately prior to this position, he was Vice President, Associate General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary with overall responsibility for Eastman’s Legal Department.

Golden joined Eastman in 1995 as an attorney and has held positions of increasing responsibility, including serving as the company's Director of Internal Audit from 2005 to 2007 and Vice President and Assistant General Counsel in charge of the company’s Commercial and International Law groups from 2007 to 2010. Golden assumed his current role in January 2013. Prior to joining Eastman, he worked in the Atlanta office of the law firm of Hunton & Williams.

Nate Herman 


Vice President, Supply Chain
American Apparel & Footwear Association

Nate Herman oversees AAFA’s government relations department, managing the association’s lobbying, policy, and regulatory affairs activities. Nate leads AAFA’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, formulating and implementing CSR policy and representing AAFA and the industry on CSR issues before governments, NGOs, and other key stakeholders. Nate also leads the association’s work on sustainability, transportation, logistics, and customs issues. In addition, Nate develops all apparel and footwear industry data and statistics as AAFA's resident economist. Prior to joining AAFA, Nate worked for six years at the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration assisting U.S. firms in entering the global market. Nate spent the last two years as the Department's industry analyst for the footwear and travel goods industries. Nate received a Masters of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994 and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Economics from the University of Delaware in 1992.

Richard Northcote


Chief Sustainability Officer

Richard Northcote is Chief Sustainability Officer at Covestro, a global leader in high performance polymers. He is a passionate advocate of the triple-bottom line and the UNGC Sustainable Development Goals as strategic tools for business and economic growth. Prior to taking this role, Richard has worked in civil engineering, journalism and the chemical sector in a number of European countries, the Middle East and Asia.

Richard is Chairman of the Oxford University Business Economics Programme Steering Committee and a member of the Advisory Boards of Tongji University Sustainability Development Council and Leeds University Business School's Research and Innovation Programme.


Session Speakers, Panelists, and Moderators

Monica Becker


Co-Director and Innovation Project Lead
Green Chemsitry & Commerce Council (GC3)

Monica co-leads and manages the GC3 as well as leading the GC3 Innovation Group, including the Collaborative Innovation Project on Preservatives. Monica is also the Principal of Monica Becker & Associates Sustainability Consultants, a multi-disciplinary provider of sustainability solutions for businesses, trade associations, universities, governments and NGOs, with a particular focus on chemicals. Prior to starting MB & Associates, Monica held management positions at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability, the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction and Tellus Institutes, and Eka Chemicals (now AkzoNobel). Monica has masters’ degrees in Civil & Environmental Engineering and Technology & Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Scott Boito


Product Stewardship & Advocacy Rep
Eastman Chemical Company

Scott was raised in Akron, OH.  He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Ohio State then obtained graduate degrees in Organic Synthesis at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and in Library and Information Sciences at the University of Arizona.  He worked as a chemistry librarian for more than 10 years before moving into the product stewardship and regulatory arena 10+ years ago.  Scott joined Eastman Chemical in 2012 where his role has since expanded to include Eastman’s chemical intermediates and copolyester resins business units.

bart campbelle


Carpet Fiber Application & Development
Ascend Performance Materials

Bart Campbell is responsible for new product application/development and technical support for the Carpet Fibers Division of Ascend Performance Materials.  He joined Solutia, now Ascend in 1999 as Carpet R&D Manager.  Prior to that he was a managing partner in a recycling startup for 10 years and began his career with Shaw Ind. Inc. holding various positions including Director of Product Development for Shaw’s Philadelphia residential division.  Bart holds a BS in Textile Chemistry from Georgia Institute of Technology. 

Chris Cassell 


Director of Corporate Sustainability
Lowe’s Inc.

Chris Cassell was named director of corporate sustainability in January 2017 and is responsible for developing and implementing sustainability strategies across the organization.  Chris joined Lowe’s in 2011 and has more than 17 years’ experience in strategy, program management, and process design. Prior to Lowe’s, Chris held positions with Accenture and North Highland.  Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University and a master’s degree in international business from the University of South Carolina.

Stephen Crawford


Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Eastman Chemical Company

Stephen (Steve) G. Crawford is a Senior Vice-President and the Chief Technology Officer for Eastman Chemical Company.

Crawford is a native of Kingsport, Tennessee. He holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Tennessee. Crawford joined Eastman in 1987. He has held several leadership positions of increasing responsibility in both Manufacturing Operations and Technology. Prior to the CTO position, he has held positions of Vice- President of R&D for the Advanced Materials group and the Vice-President of R&D for our Additives and Functional Products Business group. He has also had direct responsibility for the Asia Pacific and EMEA Technology Organizations.

Crawford is a member of the American Chemical Society and the Industrial Research Institute. He is on the Board of Directors of both Launch Tennessee (Tennessee Technology Development Corporation) and the Eastman Credit Union. He is also on the University of Tennessee’s Chemical and Bio-molecular Engineering Board of Advisors.

Sally Edwards


Retail Project Lead
Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3)

Dr. Sally Edwards has many years of experience in engaging a wide range of stakeholders to promote the environmental health of communities and develop safer and greener products. She facilitates the work of the Green Chemistry & Commerce Council’s Retailer Leadership Council, whose mission is to promote safer chemicals, materials and products across retail supply chains. Sally is a co-founder of the Chemical Footprint Project, which is designed to recognize corporate leadership in the use of safer chemicals. Sally holds a MS in Environmental Health Science from Harvard University and a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University. She completed her doctorate in Work Environment at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Her book, Beyond Child’s Play: Sustainable Product Design in the Global Doll-Making Industry, was published in 2009.

stacy glass


Executive Director

When I joined the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Institute in 2011, I knew that I was becoming part of an important movement. What I could not have envisioned was just how far-reaching our scope of work would become and how safer chemistry would become central to the circular economy.

This evolution highlighted a clear and specific need to create better, more accessible material health knowledge for manufacturers across all industries. In 2017 I began working on a new initiative called MaterialWise, to expand access to verified chemical hazard information as an accelerator for positive design.

In 2018 I am engaged in a proof-of-concept pilot alongside partners from Target, Google, Nike, Levis, Method, Steelcase, Environmental Defense Fund, C&A Foundation, and more.

To lead this innovative project, I am drawing from my 25 years of experience encompassing management consulting, high growth start-ups, public-private partnerships, and an MBA from Duke University.

Phil Hindley


Head, Global Marketing Preservation and Laundry

After graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University in Chemistry, Phil has worked within Lonza and its predecessor companies (Arch, Avecia, Zeneca and ICI) for 30 years.  His career has seen a gradual transition from Technical positions within surfactant chemistry and formulation development, through Application Specialist roles in Wood Treatment, Transport Hygiene and Food Safety, finally arriving into the Marketing arena, most recently to the position of Head of Global Marketing for Preservation and Laundry within Lonza’s Consumer Product Ingredients business.  In this current role, Phil has responsibility for developing, implementing and managing the global strategy for the Home Care and Personal Care businesses within Preservation as well as that for the Consumer Laundry business. 

Anna Lennquist


ChemSec Marketplace

Anna Lennquist holds a PhD in ecotoxicology from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She holds also degree in journalism from the same University and has a strong interest in communicating scientific findings to a wider audience. Anna joined ChemSec in 2011. She has since focused on substitution, first in the development of the SUBSPORT project and since 2013 as project manager of the SIN List.  2016-2018 she was also in charge of developing ChemSec Marketplace. 

Roger McFadden


President and Senior Scientist
McFadden and Associates, LLC

Roger McFadden is President at McFadden and Associates LLC, a professional consulting firm focused on green chemistry, safer materials, green design, sustainability, and formulation of safe and sustainable consumer products. Roger advises a number of high profile clients related to the retail, consumer brand, professional brand and chemical industry sectors. Roger was Vice President/Senior Scientist at Staples from 6/2009 -2/2016. Prior to Staples, Roger was Chief Science Officer for Corporate Express. Before joining Corporate Express, Roger was Director of Product R&D at Coastwide Laboratories. At Coastwide, Roger and his team formulated over 200 professional, high performance cleaning and surface coatings products. A highlight of Roger’s career was the innovation and formulation of Sustainable Earth® a broad line of professional cleaning and coatings products made with safer and more sustainable chemistries. Prior to Coastwide Laboratories, Roger worked as a formulating chemist and product engineer for several consumer chemical product manufacturing companies in both the U.S. and Canada.

Joel Tickner


Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3)

Dr. Joel Tickner is Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts Lowell where he also directs the Chemicals Policy and Science Initiative at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production. He is founder and Director of the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council.  He is a leading expert on chemicals regulation, regulatory science, and application of green chemistry and alternatives assessment in science and policy. He has served on a number of EPA and National Academy of Sciences advisory committees and advises government agencies around the world. He holds a Masters of Science degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana and a Doctor of Science Degree from the Department of Work Environment at University of Massachusetts Lowell and was an Environmental Protection Agency STAR Fellow.