Q: What is your background?
I have been in the packaging industry for more than 25 years. In addition to my experience in the metal packaging industry, I have also worked in plastics and paperboard packaging with various brands including Disney, Paramount, Fox, Microsoft and Sony.
I originally graduated from Indiana University.
Q: How did you get into the metal packaging industry?
I joined U.S. Can in 2004 to lead their global business development and marketing efforts. At the time, U.S. Can was the largest aerosol packaging company in North America, with a presence in Europe and Argentina. Ball subsequently acquired U.S. Can in 2006.
Q: What are you looking forward to the most in your new role?
I enjoy working closely with Ball’s customers and our other supply chain partners to drive value and find profitable growth platforms for the food, personal care and household product segment and our various stakeholders.
Q: What will be the biggest challenge you face initially?
Our end markets are extremely competitive, so we must be a low cost manufacturer that also delivers innovative packaging solutions to generate value for brand owners.
Q: What has been your greatest achievement so far in this industry?
While we don’t really focus on individual achievements at Ball, I am proud of our team’s recognition as the sustainability leader in the packaging and container industry on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the last three years. I’m also honored to work with the best packaging innovation team in the industry on various advancements, from our aluminum beverage bottles to our new two-piece steel aerosol container.
It is great to be part of a team with a strong track record of delivering value for our many stakeholders.
Q: Where do you see the industry developing over the next five years?
Over the next five years, consumers around the globe – even in the face of challenging economic conditions – will continue to demand convenience, both in the products and packages that they select. Successful packaging companies will help brand owners connect better with consumers, either with value-enhancing features or through innovative manufacturing processes that reduce cost structures and allow them to reach new retail price points.
Q: When not working at Ball, how do you like to unwind?
I like to unwind with my family and we enjoy just about all things Disney – from the theme parks, cruise ships and movies.