The American Institute for Packaging and the Environment (AMERIPEN;www.ameripen.org) announced Dec. 15 the retirement of the organization’s president, Joan Pierce of Colgate-Palmolive Company, along with related changes to its Executive Committee and Board of Directors.
Pierce as president of the industry trade organization that advocates for
environmentally and economically sound packaging policy improvements is Gail
Tavill of ConAgra Foods, Inc., formerly the group’s vice president. Other
changes to the AMERIPEN Executive Committee include Shanna Moore of DuPont
Packaging & Industrial Polymers being named vice president, and Jeff
Wooster of The Dow Chemical Company succeeding Moore as the organization’s secretary. Ron
Cotterman of Sealed Air Corp. remains treasurer.
At the same
time, AMERIPEN has also appointed Richard Abramowitz, director of public
affairs of WM Recycle Services, to its Board of Directors on an interim basis
to serve out the remainder of Pierce’s term. In extending an invitation to
Waste Management, Inc., the AMERIPEN Board is reinforcing the group’s
commitment to diversity and representation of the full packaging value chain.
“Joan was a driving force in helping to get
AMERIPEN launched and running,” says Tavill. “All of us sincerely thank her for
her time, passion, and commitment to effect positive change in the packaging
industry and we wish her all the best in this next chapter of her life.”
earlier this year, AMERIPEN’s Corporate Founding Members include: The
Coca-Cola Co., Colgate-Palmolive Co., ConAgra Foods, Inc., The Dow Chemical
Co., DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers, Kellogg Co., MeadWestvaco
Corp., The Procter & Gamble Co., Sealed Air Corp. and Tetra Pak.
AMERIPEN member companies include: Amcor, Ball Corp., DaniMer Scientific,
ExxonMobil Chemical, International Paper, Myriant Technologies, Inc.,
Owens-Illinois, Inc., PaperWorks Industries, PARC Corp., PepsiCo, Saint-Gobain
Containers, Inc., Sonoco and Waste Management, Inc.
advocates packaging policy developments in North America
and focuses on measures that are environmentally and economically sound, as
well as socially responsible. The Institute, with a material neutral approach,
encourages science-based decision making on sustainable packaging initiatives
and provides a point-of-view and guidance to policy makers and thought leaders
on the value and role of packaging.
You can also
read more about AMERIPEN in a blog by Bob Lilienfeld,Green thoughts: It’s
AMERIPEN names new president
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