John Barrett will serve as executive director of ISSA, effective Sept. 1—replacing John Garfinkel who is leaving the association after 25 years.

Under Garfinkel’s 25-years of leadership, ISSA evolved into the leading organization for the global cleaning industry, having grown from 3,000 to 7,200 member firms worldwide, according to the association.

“Serving the association these last 25 years has been the highest honor and most rewarding experience in my 50 years within the cleaning industry,” said Garfinkel. “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 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 brings with him more than 35 years of experience including serving as CEO, president, vice chair, trustee, and board director at companies in the technology, manufacturing, distribution, private equity and service industries. He also has served as an ISSA board member for the past six years.
“The work of ISSA is nothing short of mission-critical to human health and wellness,” said Barrett. “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.”
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