The Board of Directors of the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) today named Stephen J. Caldeira President and CEO, effective mid-January 2017. Caldeira was most recently President and CEO of the International Franchise Association, where he grew revenue by over 70 percent, doubled funding for its political action committee, increased the organization’s media profile and vastly expanded its advocacy footprint at all levels of government.
CSPA’s current President and CEO Chris Cathcart is retiring after 17 years of successfully growing and expanding the association’s collaborative advocacy and educational outreach efforts. Under his leadership, the 101-year-old association was instrumental in advancing bipartisan federal chemicals management reform legislation that was signed into law this year after eight years of negotiations.
“Steve brings a broad range of trade association, political, legislative, media, fundraising and private-sector expertise to CSPA,” said William Auriemma, CSPA Board Chairman and President and CEO of Diversified CPC International, Inc. “Steve is highly respected on both sides of the political aisle on Capitol Hill and within the Washington, DC business community, making him the ideal choice to lead the implementation of the organization’s new strategic plan.”
Caldeira previously served as Executive Vice President of Global Communications and Chief Public Affairs Officer for Dunkin’ Brands, Inc. Prior to joining Dunkin’ Brands, he held various executive positions including vice president of industry relations for PepsiCo, Inc., managing director in the U.S. Public Affairs Practice at Burson-Marsteller, senior vice president of communications and marketing at the National Restaurant Association, senior manager of political affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (Northeast Division) and political director to former U.S. Senator Alfonse D’Amato (R-NY). Caldeira graduated from Providence College in Providence, RI with a B.A. in Political Science.
“I am very excited about my new role with CSPA,“ said Caldeira. “CSPA has built a strong history of helping member companies maintain consumer confidence in their brands, fostering industry best practices and being a solutions-oriented advocate and trusted collaborator with federal and state legislative and regulatory bodies.”