Kelly M. Semrau

SC Johnson

Senior Vice President - Global Corporate Affairs, Communication & Sustainability



With more than 25 years of experience, Kelly oversees sustainability actions, public and governmental policy, public affairs, and overall corporate social responsibility on a global and local level for SC Johnson in Racine, Wisconsin. Kelly is also responsible for community leadership and the company’s philanthropy efforts and sits on the Board of Trustees as the Vice Chairman and President of SC Johnson Giving, Inc.

A leading provider of innovative consumer products including Windex, Glade, OFF! and Ziploc, SC Johnson is a fifth generation family company with a global workforce of nearly 13,000 employees in more than 70 countries.

In her current role, Kelly leads all global public affairs initiatives for the company and its brands including media relations, crisis communication and sustainability communication. She also leads development and establishment of worldwide government relations policy, strategy and U.S. implementation and oversees community relations and philanthropic contributions for the company. Kelly plays a lead role in issues management for SC Johnson, as well as directing the company’s archives, annual report and global website:

As Chief Sustainability Officer, Kelly sets the company’s industry-leading agenda on transparency; ingredient disclosure, the SC Johnson Greenlist® process and the commitment to creating winning products, ensuring less waste, reducing the carbon footprint and making life better for families around the globe.

Kelly also leads SC Johnson’s global employee communications, including business and human resources/ benefits communications, employee events, a closed-circuit broadcast system, a robust intranet and award-winning employee publications such as a global magazine and monthly newspaper.

With Kelly’s leadership, SC Johnson has been ranked on FORTUNE magazine’s list of best companies to work for in America and one of the top companies for working mothers by WORKING MOTHER magazine. Her responsibilities also include managing the company’s global conferences and presentations made by the company’s top executives.

In 2014, Kelly was honored to be inducted into the prestigious Bradley University Centurion Society. The Centurion Society was created by the Bradley Board of Trustees to honor outstanding Bradley alumni who have brought national and international credit to the University and for their career achievements in business, public life and their professions.

Kelly serves on the Boards of Directors of the Consumer Specialty Products Association, World Environment Center and American Cleaning Institute. She is the Immediate Past President of the Alliance for Consumer Education Board of Trustees. Previously, she served as Chairman of the Board and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Consumer Specialty Products Association.

Prior to joining SC Johnson in 2000, Kelly owned her own company, managing communication needs for high-profile clients in consumer products, transportation and other industries. Previously, Kelly was Executive Vice President at Edelman Public Relations Worldwide in Washington, DC.

Kelly also served as Director of Public Affairs and Press Secretary to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture during President George H. Bush’s administration, as well as Director of Public Affairs and Press Secretary to the U.S. Trade Representative during President Ronald Reagan’s administration. She was also Press Secretary to Congressman Joe McDade of Pennsylvania.

Kelly earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Bradley University. She lives with her husband and two children in Racine, Wisconsin.

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