The Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) has appointed Jane Chase, CPP, College of Fellows, as its new executive director. She succeeds Patrick Farrey, who departed IoPP recently to pursue other opportunities.Chase's involvement with IoPP spans more than 20 years, in which she has served in a variety of important areas. She was a longtime member of the Board of Directors in various roles, including chair. Chase also has been an instructor for IoPP’s in-person Fundamentals of Packaging Technology training course and head of judging for its annual AmeriStar packaging competition. She had lead roles in founding the Sustainable Packaging Technical Committee and establishing the IoPP Packaging Education Scholarship Fund, which supports packaging students and raises awareness of packaging as a career choice.
Chase brings many other accomplishments that connect her deeply to the packaging industry and qualify her for her new role as IoPP Executive Director. She holds three U.S. patents for packaging inventions and has been published and spoken on packaging innovation and sustainability on many occasions. Additional roles have included being a member of the PMMI Packaging Management Council and has chairing the Industrial Advisory Committee for UW Stout’s packaging program.
Over the years, Chase has served in roles of increasing importance in packaging development and innovation at companies including the Schwan Food Company, US Food Service, ConAgra Foods, Ecolab, General Mills and SC Johnson, where her specialties included structural design, packaging line efficiency improvement and strategic business development.
“I am honored to serve as the executive director for such a fine organization,” Chase says. “IoPP is a wonderful resource for packaging professionals, and we will continue to support packaging professionals at all stages of their careers.”