Donald L. Mays is a director at Deloitte & Touche LLP in Stamford, Conn., where he oversees the firm’s product safety and quality assurance advisory services. He helps manufacturers, retailers and trade organizations identify and mitigate their risks and develop strategies for protecting and building their brands. Through technical and financial acumen, he builds cost-effective compliance, safety and quality processes for his clients.
A former senior director of product safety and technical policy for Consumer Reports, Mays has worked to advance product safety, product performance testing, laboratory management, consumer advocacy, and public education over the span of his career. He has served as a public spokesperson on product safety issues and has testified before the United States Congress, presidential committees, and government agencies.
Mays graduated from Manhattan College, New York, N.Y., with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering. He began his career in 1977 with Texaco Inc. and was named senior engineer. He then held positions as director of testing for Consumers Union from 1984 to 1998; as technical director for the Good Housekeeping Institute from 1998 to 2002; and as vice president of retail and consumer product services for Intertek from 2002 to 2005. He returned to Consumer Reports in 2005 as senior director, product safety and consumer sciences, and assumed his role at Deloitte & Touche in 2012.
An ASTM International member since 1998, Mays serves on the executive subcommittee of F15 on Consumer Products, where he participates in developing safety standards for toys, juvenile products and furniture. He is an active part of the F15 subcommittees on Cribs, Toddler Beds, Play Yards, Bassinets, Cradles and Changing Tables (F15.18) and Toy Safety (F15.22) that were recognized with Chairman’s Circle of Commendation Awards from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in 2012 and 2013.
In addition to ASTM International, Mays has served on the boards of the American National Standards Institute and the International Consumer Products Health and Safety Organization.