international executive committee
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
Kasia Bannon is a Senior Vice President at Design Bridge, a multi award-winning global team of Brand Creatives that deliver bold, brilliant and brave design, emotionally connecting brands with their audiences to deliver commercial success. The founder of Design Bridge’s New York Studio, Kasia now heads up the business across North America. In a world of sensorial overload, the role of design is more important than ever before, and as part of her wider role within WPP, Kasia also sits on the executive team of Red Fuse Communications as a representative for creative and commercial excellence in brand design.
GLOBAL BRANDS INNOVATION MANAGER
Doris in her role as Global Brands Innovation Manager is responsible for fostering relationships with many of the world’s most recognizable brands, and their creative agencies, through meaningful and inspirational digital print instruction, and campaign development.
For close to 40 years Doris has been recognized in the printing, textile and plastics industries as one of the foremost experts on color, a crucial element in corporate branding and identity.
VICE PRESIDENT STRATEGY & ACCOUNTS
By discipline, I am an Industrial Designer. By profession, a visionary brand and design organization builder. This has been developed and leveraged by some of the world’s leading manufacturers in cpg, food and pharmaceuticals. My accomplishments cover design innovation, brand building and organizational transformation on a global and regional basis.
CEO / GLOBAL MANAGING PARTNER
DEVLAM + PARTNERS
Ronald studied automotive design, practiced product and toy design and gradually evolved into a holistic brand guru. In 1992 he set-up Webb deVlam with the ambition to design for brands. Today, Webb deVlam solves complex business problems for companies/brands like Tide, Valspar, Motorola and Jim Beam with a blend of insights, strategy and design. He has built three offices covering the three continents of North America (Chicago), Europe (London) and South East Asia (Singapore) and like a serial entrepreneur he is always pursuing new business models and new services that look to strengthen the relationships between client and agency.
JAMES D. DOWNHAM
PRESIDENT & CEO
PAC PACKAGING CONSORTIUM
As the CEO & President of the non-profit, PAC Packaging Consortium, Jim Downham has been dedicated to advancing the packaging community agenda. Under Jim's leadership PAC has created several packaging programs including the PAC GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AWARDS; PAC NEXT and PAC FOOD Sustainability Programs; PACed Certificate Program; and the IFS PAC secure GFSI benchmarked food packaging safety standard; and intelliPACK, A Smart Packaging Innovation Catalyst. Jim is a former package manufacturing CEO & President and current industry non-profit CEO. In 2014 Jim was inducted into the Packaging Hall of Fame.
FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
A BETTER VIEW STRATEGIC CONSULTING
During more than two decades at Procter & Gamble, John's global responsibilities in operations, international trade, strategic sourcing, and design, and touched every business unit. John was the first executive to lead P&G's external design and innovation relationships. In 2007, John founded A Better View Strategic Consulting to help brand owners elevate and leverage insights, design, and innovation as strategic business competencies that helps drive business results; to help creative enterprises become better businesses and partners; to help enhance the intersection of these client/agency - to be better, together. John and A Better View have touched more than 600 creative services enterprises, and more than 70 of the world's leading consumer-facing corporations.
Jason has over 20 years of experience developing some of Canada's biggest brands. He is a proven business leader with a passion for design and branding with years of experience in national brand and control brand packaged goods, working both agency and client side. Currently providing strategic, creative and brand leadership at Sobeys.
BEST OF BREED BRANDING CONSORTIUM
Rob helped run the branding consultancy Wallace Church & Co for more than 30 years, before he re-invented brand identity consulting. Now through Best of Breed Branding Consortium, Rob creates "dream teams" of talented individuals - custom tailored to project needs and budgets. Together they synthesize brand messaging at every consumer touch point. Clients have included Nestle, Pepsico, Pfizer, P&G, Colgate, Bacardi, Clorox and dozens more global brand leaders. Delivering better work faster and often cheaper than traditional "brick and mortar" consultancies, BBBC generates the highest client return on investment, and they can prove that.
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VP MARKETING & CORPORATE STRATEGY
CLUB COFFEE LP
Solange Ackrill has built a reputation as a brand strategy innovator with industry leaders including Walmart, Loblaw and Maple Leaf Foods. She is currently VP of Marketing and Corporate Strategy, with Club Coffee in Toronto, helping to connect consumers with the innovation they seek, while building partnerships with a diverse array of innovative coffee brands across North America.
Solange is also on the Board of Directors for the Biodegradeable Products Institute (BPI) of North America, Provision Coalition, Coffee Association of Canada as well as co-chair on the Central Leadership Council for PAC.
INHOUSE DESIGN &
THE MODERN COLLEGE OF DESIGN
Creative professional with extensive knowledge in conceptualizing, producing and enforcing the brand identity of Fortune 500 brands. Strong passion for design that connects human emotions with brands. I like to step back, look at the big picture and see how simple design solutions can help business's achieve their full potential and watch them thrive in the real world. Deep student of design history and its impact on a global scale. World traveler and cultural curiosity lies at the heart of my knowledge in design.
CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER
Highly experienced thought leader in the development consumer and corporate brand communication. Recognized by clients for his ability to intuitively connect the need for compelling business communication and break-through creativity.
EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Meg Beckum oversees all aspects of creative strategy and delivery for Elmwood NYC. With over 18 years of experience helping businesses uncover, craft and cultivate brands that deliver customer value and drive real impact. In her post at Elmwood, Meg is responsible for elevating all aspects of studio's creative strategy and output. Introducing new methodologies, nurturing top talent, and building agile and collaborative teams - she is working to ensure that the studio is equipped and ready to help clients outpace the new challenges they face. She brings expertise in design, corporate branding, verbal identity and customer experience.
DENNIS BENOIT DESIGNS
Dennis has been creatively driven as long as he can remember. A graduate of the Graphic Design programme at Montreal’s Dawson College, Dennis has called Toronto home since 1990 and fell in love with package design when he joined The Watt Group in 1993. A veteran of both national brands and store brand programmes, for 7 years Dennis was Creative Director of packaging at St. Joseph Communications following 4 years as Associate Creative Director. He is currently an independent creative consultant in the package design business.
Peter has 25 years experience in Design and innovation. He graduated from the MA Industrial Design course at Central Saint Martins in 1990. Since then he has worked across categories ranging from transport, food and drink, personal care, pharmaceutical to household for companies spanning global FMCG companies to start up businesses. In addition, he has spent time lecturing at undergraduate and postgraduate design colleges and still presents design thinking lectures to MA Innovation and Design courses. He joined Tin Horse in 1998 and is now a share holding director and Principal Consultant.
V.P. CREATIVE DIRECTOR
SVP, MANAGING DIRECTOR
Élyse brings with her over two decades of agency expertise. She is an out of the box thinker with an energetic and entrepreneurial spirit that is highly contagious. A forward thinking leader, she is known for her honest and collaborative approach that creates impactful brand strategies and designs to deliver inspired results. Whether as a Marketing Director or on the agency side, where she has proven her talent at the service of lg2, Publicis, Y&R, TAXI and Pigeon, she has contributed to brand strategies, design solutions and integrated campaigns in diversified fields for local, national and international brands. Her work has been recognized in numerous strategy and creative competitions. She oversees a team of fearless brand design and communication specialists in Toronto, Montreal and Mexico. In 2019, her team brought home a PAC Global Leadership Award and twenty PAC Canadian Leadership Awards.
OWNER AND EXPLORER
PINK ELEPHANT PRODUCTIONS LLC AND COLORKARMA
Shoshana Burgett is a thought leader and industry consultant with over two decades of experience in on-demand printing, manufacturing, and personalization. Shoshana has been at the forefront of personalized production and omnichannel communications. She has served as a senior executive at X-Rite, Pantone, and Xerox responsible for incorporating the Voice of the Customer (VoC) into the company’s product, pricing, marketing, sales, and innovation strategies. Shoshana understands complex customer requirements and technical information, turning them into compelling marketing messages and go-to-market strategy. She draws together creative, design thinking, development, lean manufacturing and marketing to help businesses streamline their product launches and innovate. She regularly speaks at industry events and has been featured in HOW, WhichPLM, Quality Digest, Beauty Packaging, Packaging Digest, Printing Impressions and WhatTheyThink.
NICOSIA CREATIVE EXPRESSO LTD.
Having worked with NICE for 18 years, Ian now oversees the global offices, NYC, PARIS, SIN, TKO. He has over 24 years design experience, ranging from 3d & innovation to strategy and branding. Originally trained as an Industrial Designer, he has a specialist knowledge of materials and production, and has won awards for design in recycled materials.
Sam brings over 30 years of experience as a designer, creative director, brand strategist and owner of CIULLA ASSOC. As CEO and ECD, Ciulla manages and directs a staff of brand consultants and design and production specialists working in the areas of consumer and corporate branding assignments. His work includes brand identity, packaging, structural design and integrated communications. His responsibilities and leadership help guide all strategic and creative efforts at CIULLA ASSOC specializing in Innovation, New Product Development and Brand Revitalization.
PHILLIP J. CLAYTON
FOUNDING PARTNER / CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Brand Consultant - Strategy | Business & Marketing | Art & Design | Creative Consulting: I am a visual artist, designer and creative consultant with 15+ years of experience working in the creative industry. I focus on vision, strategy, identity, and design solutions, I am inspired by people, passionate about teamwork and a holistic approach to delivering excellent creative solutions that drive business results. I am a founding partner of noTheName:PJC, a brand focused business solutions firm passionate about brands; insights, strategies, innovation, design, art, identifying and developing brand DNA. I am also a guest writer.
Greg is the founder and principal of Porchlight, an Atlanta-based design agency rooted in retail. He has over 25 years of experience in the creative industry, particularly in the retail sector, and has worked with an impressive array of clients, including The Home Depot, Newell-Rubbermaid, Yamaha, Husky, Genie, RIDGID, NASCAR and the Olympics. Greg finds inspiration in the design community at large, as well as his daily interaction with family and friends. He resides in the heart of Atlanta with his wife Amber, daughter Vivian, son Oliver, and dog Ruthie.
BUSINESS PARTNER, PROCUREMENT MANAGER - CONTRACT MANUFACTURING
Elsie is the Strategic Procurement Manager for Contract Manufacturing for Nestle Canada. She is responsible for the end-to-end business relationship with co-manufacturers, as well as working directly with them to develop and produce products for Canada under the Nestle name. Elsie has a strong packaging and raw materials background to support her role at Nestle.
SENIOR MANAGER OF GLOBAL DESIGN; HEALTH BRANDS LEAD
PFIZER CONSUMER HEALTHCARE
Amy has over 25 years in creative direction within the CPG and Health industries. She is a passionate design visionary who finds global marketing solutions by integrating world-class design into business strategies for some of the world's leading brands. Amy is a global brand design leader and strategist, with an unrelenting commitment to inspiring, mentoring and developing her team in order to consistently provide best-in-class packaging solutions for her clients. With passion, integrity and drive, this brand pioneer consistently delivers on design and innovation excellence.
With over 15 years of branding experience across a diverse portfolio of clients and categories, including: wine & spirits (lvmh, casella brands) Food & Beverage (KraftHeinz, Nestle) and health & wellness (The Green Organic Dutchman, S’well,)
FOUNDING CREATIVE PARTNER & CEO
Jonathan's vision is as clear today as it was when he co-founded Pearlfisher 25 years ago: to continually further creative standards through provocative thinking and by boldly challenging the status quo. Always pushing himself and others to stretch further, Jonathan has led the creation of some of the world's most loved challenger and iconic brands including Cadbury Dairy Milk, Waitrose, Target, Help Remedies and Jim Beam - while gaining Pearlfisher countless Design Effectiveness Awards and a much coveted Gold Cannes Lion along the way.
CREATIVE DIRECTOR - SHANGHAI
Tom has nearly 20 years of design experience, working in a wide varieties of sectors and disciplines, but branding has been a constant through it all. Whilst studying for his Design degree, he was already working full-time in a manufacturers studio, and designing products. Before joining Design Bridge in 2010, his design career benefited from; teaching at Eton College, an Ethnographic researcher for Nokia and Electrolux, plus being a Creative Strategist and design thinking on brand creation projects. He now leads the Shanghai creative studio and is helping international brands adapt to the Chinese market, and domestic brands evolve for the international market.
Sarah is passionate about connecting brands and consumers. She believes that clearly and consistently articulating a brand's evolving voice, strategically within a customer's journey is elemental in long term loyalty. For 20 years she has successfully led creative teams delivering on that mission. Sarah's expertise includes brand strategy, graphic design, video, production, retail communications, store environments, and packaging.
French born Laurent Hainaut is an Industrial Designer by training. Laurent is the founder and President of forceMAJEURE design, a creative agency formerly known as Raison Pure NYC. Laurent has over 29 years of experience in Visual strategy, Brand Identity, Product Design, Packaging Design, Retail Environments & Experiences, Consumer Product Innovation and Global Design Management. His knowledge of international markets and design has made forceMAJEURE a leader in design for premium, luxury and lifestyle brands. His creative vision and strategic counsel have been valued by clients, including Unilever, Diageo, L'Oreal, Revlon, Avon, Gallo, Penfolds and many others.
CHIEF BRAND OFFICER
Jason casts new futures for brands with a combination empathy, creativity and strategic expertise. He believes in challenging convention and the power of collective genius to create a new, more impactful, future. With over 15 years experience, Jason has led projects around the world for brands including Pepsico, Red Bull, Dole, P&G, Wilson, Anchor Brewing, Hershey, Goodwipes and Kanu.
A multiple award-winning designer with 22 years of experience in brand design and brand strategy, including Coley Porter Bell and WPA Pinfold. Working in the FMCG sector in both food and non-food, she has worked for on global and national brands, including Coca Cola, Unilever, Nestlé, Vodafone, IBM, Kimberly Clark, Asda, Selfridges, Debenhams, Pernod Ricard, Carlsberg, Tesco, Npower & National Grid.
David Haslam started his career in the UK after he graduated from Manchester Polytechnic with a Bsc in Environmental Chemistry in 1988. He worked in the UK at Tronic Gravure until he moved to Canada in 1995. He joined Southern Graphic Systems as a production manager and rose to the level of V.P Operations. In 2015, David joined Transcontinental Packaging to manage the premedia portfolio for newly established packaging division and his role is VP Premedia. David is a board member of the Gravure Association of the Americas (GAA) and active member in PAC.
PACKAGING DESIGN CONSULTANT
CANADIAN TIRE CORPORATION
A passion for writing and travel has led to a career as a creative writer. Whether it’s a radio story about an armadillo on the subway, the nightly news in Shanghai or a website for GolfGreen, life has been about telling stories. Currently, a Packaging Design Consultant at Canadian Tire, she won a Silver Davey Award for Frank Snacks packaging design, brand identity.
Paul Jenkins runs UK packaging innovation consultancy ThePackhub helping to deliver a range of packaging solutions for brand owners, retailers and packaging suppliers.
As Managing Director for Anthem Worldwide, a global strategy, design, and marketing communications agency, Wendy works with global, regional, and emerging brands across North America. Wendy brings a depth of integrated experience in the CPG, retail, healthcare, consumer electronics, and telecommunications sectors, and has been recognized as an innovation leader for her work helping brands build equity, connect with consumers, and drive purchase and measurable ROI.
JOHN F. KISSOON
DIRECTOR, CREATIVE SERVICES
MAIN ST. GROUP
John is a leader in creative and brand strategy management with experience on both the client and agency side of the business, building national brands including Kraft Foods, McDonalds, Nissan and Canadian Tire.
PACKAGING DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST
IRVING CONSUMER PRODUCTS LIMITED
I lead packaging development of the US Private Label tissue products at the present time. My educational background and the experience in packaging design, prepress, print, has enabled me to appreciate the final product in many levels and various aspects. Throughout the years, I have had the opportunities to oversee development of hundreds of successful pharmaceutical, confectionary, household packaging products from creative concept through delivery to the markets in the US and Canada.
GLOBAL INNOVATION PLATFORM DIRECTOR
Melianthe has been working for O-I, the world's largest glass container manufacturer, since 8 years and has a background in Marketing. She has held several positions within O-I’s commercial department covering Marketing Communication, Category Management and Innovation. Over the past 4 years she has been working with a multidisciplinary team in O-I to explore and validate direct2shape digital printing technologies for glass packaging.
In May 2018, Melianthe got appointed Global Innovation Platform Director for O-I. As part of this role she is overseeing the commercialization and global expansion of O-I : EXPRESSIONS (www.discoverexpressions.com), O-I’s platform offering personalization and customization services for brands enabled by direct2glass digital printing.
WERLE DESIGN ASSOCIATES
Kenny Li is a designer at Werle Design, and a graduate from OCAD University's design program. Kenny has over 5 years of experience across packaging and brand design and has provided solutions for brands such as Powerade, vitaminwater, Nestea, Minute Maid, Fruitopia, and Fuze.
JOSE ANTONIO ROJANO LÓPEZ
EL CORTES INGLES
Jose holds a BFA Industrial Design and a Master Advance in Product Design from Istituto Europeo di Design and an Executive Master in Marketing Management & Sales at IE Business School. Started in El Corte Inglés in 2007 as designer for their own brand portfolio. Today he is the department Brand Manager and Design Director, developing more than 30,000 sku new packaging design, obtaining 30 international design awards. Jose’s main role/tasks are focused on creative direction, communication and marketing strategy, account and project management, design and co-creation processes, innovation and own Brand portfolio management.
CEO / FOUNDER
WICK & MORTAR
Since 2009 Jared Mirsky and his award-winning cannabis-focused branding agency, Wick & Mortar have been featured in over eleven magazines including Entrepreneur Media, Forbes, Huffington Post, CNN Money, Geekwire, WeWork, The Dieline, High Times, Dope Magazine, MG Magazine, NW Leaf Magazine, Leafly, Herb, Cashinbis, Top 40 under 40 in Marijuana Venture Magazine and most recently the Dope Magazine Industry Award Winners for "Best Cannabis Design Firm," two years in a row.
MANAGING DIRECTOR - AUSTRALIAN OPERATIONS
As Managing Director of the Australian operations of one of the UK’s most commercially effective branding agencies, Nikki works with her clients to develop behaviour-changing brand strategy, design and activation. Nikki has marketing and branding experience both agency and client-side, on internal and external communications projects. She’s worked with high profile corporate brands such as Orica Mining Services and ALDI Supermarkets across Australia, Europe and China, as well as FMCG staples the likes of Pacific West, McCain, Sara Lee and McCormick.
PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
As a visionary, expert design leader and agent of change, Elle Morris has spent her entire career in creative and marketing services, and is well known in the industry as a powerhouse of design leadership. As President & CEO of SnapDragon, Elle taps into her global expertise to guide clients such as Blue Diamond Growers, Hood Dairy, Hain Celestial, and Strength of Nature hair care through the complexities of strategic branding and design initiatives. Previously Elle was CEO of HMSDesign before acquiring the firm and transforming it into SnapDragon. Prior to HMS, she was President of the Americas for New York-based Elmwood Design, an international design agency. She also served as the Vice President & Managing Director of Key Global Accounts at LPK, the world’s largest independent brand design agency, where she spearheaded key initiatives for some of the world’s most beloved brands including Pantene, Herbal Essences, Head & Shoulders, Clairol Color, Always, Gillette, and Olay. Elle earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Wheaton College Massachusetts. Eager to share her provocative point of view, Elle is a frequent presenter at industry trade events and regularly provides her point of view for media outlets such as Beauty Packaging, The Drum, Stylus, The Rose Sheet, COSSMA and Global Cosmetics Industry Magazine (GCI).
GLOBAL PACKAGING DESIGNER
Having achieved a huge breadth of experience in her 6 years as a design professional, Katie's packaging experience continues to evolve as she moves from working in CPGs to the world of premium Tech products at Microsoft.
BRAND DESIGN CONSULTANT
Sven started in 1993 as packaging design consultant in Hamburg after a short career in advertising and ever since loved the power of packaging design. He was a shareholder of "SOLUTIONS Branding & Packaging Design Germany - Russia - Turkey" and has worked for 4 years in Russia and for more than 8 years in South East Asia for clients like DANONE, DR OETKER, CARLSBERG, BEIERSDORF, COLGATE, CAMPBELLS, UNILEVER. Square44 is an independent international brand consultancy that delivers highly specialized, outstanding creative and strategic brand design solutions in Consumer Branding, Retail Branding and Corporate Branding.
PACKAGE GRAPHICS MANAGER
Over 25 years in the beverage industry with Coca-Cola, Cadbury Beverages and Canada Dry. 10 years in the printing/pre-press industry with DRG Packaging, Lawson Mardon and Southern Graphics Systems.
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Luis' 14 years of experience includes overseeing multiple product launches into a variety of retail markets across North America. As the current Director of Marketing and Business Development for Atlantic Packaging Products, he brings his retail insight to packaging and helps drive ideas to Atlantic’s customer base consisting of several global brands.
STRATEGIC RETAIL MERCHANDISING MANAGER
Strategic Retail Merchandising Manager who thrives in entrepreneurial environments. Effectively turns innovative ideas into successful solutions that bring shopper, marketing, and consumer insights to life. Influential and approachable contributor, enthusiastically motivating and supporting teams to achieve results. Builds trusted relationships with teams, management, and clients. Competently creates and delivers presentations to drive sales results.
HEAD OF CREATIVE & EXECUTION - PRIVATE BRANDS
Dan is an accomplished expert in Design Management, CPG Branding, Packaging Design, UX/CX and Design Thinking specializing in product and brand development. Dan offers 20 years of design and retail industry experience working with some of the major fortune 500 companies and top ad agencies. He currently heads Family Dollar’s creative front for the company’s growing private brands. His award winning work has been featured on TV and mainstream media around the world. Dan holds a bachelors in Graphic Design from Troy University, a Masters in Design Management from Pratt Institute New York, a certification in UX from DesignLabs and a Premier Certification in Management from Harvard Business School.
ART & DESIGN MANAGER
MCCAIN FOODS CANADA
A Fine Arts Graduate from the University of Maine, Jeff has spent the past 16 years immersed in the creative world at McCain by providing support to the Retail and Foodservice Businesses. Working closely with agencies, he helps to ensure brand consistency across packaging, print & digital environments. As a Designer, he and his team also provide in house design support to Marketing and Sales divisions across the globe.
CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER & PARTNER
Nick has risen through the ranks to become agency Partner playing a key role in overseeing and delivering Bulletproof's sensational growth. Nick's commitment to his creative team and inclusive management style ensures Bulletproof attracts and retains the very best creative talent. As Chief Creative Officer, Nick is responsible for all creative work for clients including Arla Foods, Diageo, Kraft Heinz, Mondelez International and Unilever across the agency's studios in London, New York and Singapore.
SENIOR DIRECTOR, DESIGN & PACKAGING INNOVATION
GEORGIA PACIFIC CONSUMER BUSINESS
With more than 20 years of design leadership experience with Procter & Gamble, The Coca-Cola Company and Bristol-Myers Squibb, Brian has led design, packaging development, product design, and creative communications globally for several of the world's most iconic brands. Brian serves as the Senior Director of Design & Package Innovation for Georgia-Pacific where he is responsible for overseeing design best practices and capability development in consumer packaging, brand identity, graphics, and package innovation.
Mike is a strategic business and technical leader with 30 years of experience across PTIS, Kellogg, Kraft, and Michigan State University, where he was an assistant professor in the School of Packaging. Mike has numerous achievement awards and commendations and is past head of the Industrial Advisory Committee for the Center for Advanced Food Technology (CAFT) at Rutgers University. Mike lectures at both Michigan State University and Western Michigan University in their packaging and food marketing and M.B.A. programs.
With a background reflecting client-side, global consulting and senior management experience, Eliot is an industry leader in brands, strategy, design and innovation. He's advised both Fortune 500 companies as well as those who've disruptively challenged conventions to create new markets for their products and services. He is currently Managing Partner of Alpen Advisory, a consultancy providing operations management expertise and business growth strategy for creative service firms, entrepreneurial companies and non-profit organizations.
PRESIDENT & FOUNDING PARTNER
Eric's background includes over 20 years in product development, innovation, technology and brand building by working for and collaborating with agencies, suppliers, converters and CPGs. Formerly Head of Structural Design and Innovation at KraftHeinz, VP- Business Development at SGK and most recently launched his own consultancy, J-Jireh Consulting, working with design agencies and tech startups in the CPG space. Eric earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago where he also played D1 baseball and went on to play three years in the minor leagues before starting his career in design.
WERLE DESIGN ASSOCIATES
Stuart Werle is the President and Creative Director for Werle Design, a packaging / branding design firm located in Toronto. Werle has over 40 years experience working with many Consumer Packaged Goods companies for which he has won numerous national and international design awards. Werle also is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Graphic Design at OCAD University. He teaches two levels of Packaging Design to third year and graduate students. Werle is also heavily involved with the PAC Consortium and has been for many years. He has been the Chair of the Brand Marketing category for the PAC Global Leadership Awards for the past five design competitions, is on the PAC Global Leadership Awards Steering Committee and has juried numerous Global Leadership Awards.
VICE PRESIDENT STRATEGY
Michael Wintrob has amassed deep experience in the fields of brand and design strategy over the past 15 years. As VP, Strategy at LPK, Michael has developed best-in-class branding practices - including positioning, architecture and identity systems - for leading brands in a wide variety of categories, including higher education, food, beverage and personal care. Michael also has served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Cincinnati's Lindner College of Business and co-authored a chapter in the textbook Strategic Design Thinking. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from the University of Cincinnati.
ROGUE ZEBRA CONSULTING
Industry veteran of 30+ years leading R&D packaging teams globally with Mondelez International and Kraft Foods. Launched new packaging and product innovations with $100+MM revenue, delivered global margin management platforms worth 5+% COGS annually and created R&D sustainability strategy, goals and platforms including communication plans internally and externally. Currently starting Rogue Zebra Consulting
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Erin believes at the core of identifying a gap, purpose, and solution is the ability to apply learning from academic, industry, and life experiences with a hungry curiosity. Her engineering background and team focus made her an operations outlier with improvements and records in recognizable confectionary products, ice cream, kitty litter, and cracker companies. Translating that approach to smartly scale global packaging innovations has driven Erin through multiple roles to now lead as WestRock’s Innovation Integrator, implementing new technology and designs in internal and customer supply chains. Other key experiences include: Darden’s Global Executive MBA program, Atlanta 3DE, and hang gliding.
CEO MANAGING DIRECTOR
Global Ambassador and Member on Executive Board of World Packaging Organisation’. CEO, Managing Director of Ecobliss India, a global leader in innovative packaging solutions. President of INBA H, an Indo Netherlands Business Association. Winner of Worldstar awards (the highest in packaging excellence) for five years in a row with 100% success, a World Record! Also the lone winner of Ameristar award for pharmaceutical packaging innovation from India.
More than three decades of experience in paper, printing and packaging fields. Chairman Golden Jubilee Committee of Indian Institute of Packaging. Instrumental in developing various pharmaceutical compliance packs for US and regulatory markets! Published articles in various magazines and participated in live programmes of public interest in TV shows. Toured extensively worldwide, during the past two and half decades! Spoke on various international platforms in more than 20 countries. Delivered lectures, KNAs, chaired various sessions on various topics and mentored different programmes in multiple platforms.
Awards & Accolades:
*UBM recognition award for contribution to Indian Pharma industry.
*PHARMEXCIL Honour & recognition
*Padma Mohana award for Industry leaders.
*Packaging Leadership Award from World Quality Congress
*TV 5 business leaders finalist.
*Chief jury/ jury for various National & International awards.
*Mentor for CPhI Innopack Pharma Worldwide
*Chairperson for PPL, an Indian Express initiative of pharma packaging & labelling
PAC NEXT US & PAC FOOD
30 year career at Procter & Gamble with leadership roles in packaging R&D and sustainability. Followed by 4 years as PACNEXT and PAC Food Waste Executive Director and PAC board member bringing industry together to find solutions to packaging and food waste challenges. Former board member of National Zero Waste Council and co-lead of the Product & Packaging working group. Currently retired, but still a member of PAC and still passionate about all things packaging.
HEAD OF PACKAGING - RESPIRATORY CATEGORY
Sriman’s passion is leveraging packaging to bring brands to life. He is known and considered a thought leader for his in-depth rich experience globally in FMCG, Healthcare, Foods & Allied industries. He has been recognized as an innovation strategy leader for his work with building brand equity, connect with consumers, emerging markets, sustainability and measurable ROI resulting in award winning packaging. He has been on several industry boards having numerous paper presentations and articles to his credit and is a visiting faculty to packaging institutes. Being an avid traveler, Sriman has travelled 35+ countries and has a high appreciation of inclusiveness & global culture.
VICE PRESIDENT SUSTAINABILITY
David leads Amcor's global sustainability agenda. He works closely with the global packaging company's research-and-development and innovation functions to integrate sustainable design and social responsibility into Amcor's product development and innovation processes. He is active in Amcor's global sustainability partnerships with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, World Food Programme, Ocean Conservancy, and others. He leads the company's program to achieve its pledge to develop all of its packaging to be recyclable or reusable by 2025, to increase the use of recycled content, and to drive up rates of recycling around the world.
Michele Choate is vivacious entrepreneur and packaging guru with a diverse background in various industries. Having started her first business at 18yrs old in the consumer electronics industry, she spearhead countless packaging products for communication products and accessories. After selling her companies at 23, Michele began her corporate career climbing the ladder in various roles marketing products and brands globally. She has worked on both the brand and supply side of packaging with particular expertise in sustainable, rigid paperboard, and luxury packaging. She now provides packaging development consulting services to companies in a broad range of industries.
GRAPHIC STUDIO MANAGER
Starting my career as a creative person, I am an experienced manager in the packaging Graphic Industry, Prepress and Printing, for global and regional markets in Aerosol, including Personal Care, Household, Pharmaceuticals, in Food and Seafood, Kegs, Nutrition, Paint&Coatings. Actually leading Ardagh Group European Graphic Studio based in Italy and committed with global inter functional standardization projects.
DIRECTOR OF COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT
AMCOR FLEXIBLES NA
James has held progressive positions with packaging and consumer product companies including roles as packaging engineer (Kraft & Unilever), process engineer, production manager, quality manager and technical manager (Sonoco). He is a PAC, Packaging Consortium Board Director and Co-Chair for the PAC Pacific Region Leadership Council.
CPP, ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY MANAGER
JOHNSON & JOHNSON CONSUMER INC.
Anthony has over 20 years of Package Development and Engineering experience, including expertise in color cosmetics, fragrance, and personal care. His Mechanical Engineering background created a solid foundation for his career, which began supporting manufacturing of consumer products and led to rotations through the Procurement and Packaging Departments. Anthony's skill sets grew during his experiences at Yves Rocher, Revlon, and J&J, working as a Packaging Manager. Currently, he is responsible for strategic packaging cost saving initiatives in the J&J Consumer sector.
Humberto is a packaging professional with over 20 years of experience. Having worked in global and regional roles for Unilever and Pepperidge Farm (Campbell Snacks), Humberto has been involved in packaging development for both Foods and Personal Care, with a passion for sustainability and for making packaging an integral part of the consumer experience.
PACKAGING EQUIPMENT PROGRAM MANAGER
STARBUCKS GLOBAL ENGINEERING
26 Years in Packaging Design and Innovation, Quality, Manufacturing, and Supply Chain.
DEPUTY GENERAL MANAGER, LEAD PACKAGING & ARTWORK
An Engineer in Printing Technology and Post graduate in Packaging Technology, who has delivered innovations/Patents with Unilever, in the domain of RFID and is currently taking Private label innovations to the next level with Walmart. He leads the artwork development, package design and procurement currently, with an inclination towards innovative technologies, customer convenience and sustainability.
VICE PRESIDENT SALES AND MARKETING
GRAPHIC PACKAGING INTERNATIONAL
Louis has been with Cascades and Graphic Packaging for over 24 years. In his tenure, he's been involved in the containerboard, paperboard and folding carton industries. He's also been heavily committed and passionate about sustainability and corporate social responsibility. In addition, Louis has been engaged in various industry associations, including PAC, the Recycled Paperboard Alliance, the Paperboard Packaging Council, the Recycled Paperboard Technical Association and the Foodservice Packaging Institute.
Natalia Lumby is an Associate Professor at Ryerson University. She teaches in areas of packaging, premedia and management. Her research focuses on enhancing physical products with digital technologies such as augmented reality, NFC technology and etc.
GLOBAL PACKAGING DIRECTOR
CHURCH & DWIGHT
Richard has more than 25 years of CPG packaging industry experience working in the UK and the US. His global experience at Unilever and Church & Dwight brings both packaging development and packaging design expertise. He is passionate about consumer driven innovation.
Joachim Quoden is the managing director of EXPRA Inspiring Packaging Recycling. From 2001, he became Secretary General of PRO EUROPE, the organisation of 35 packaging recovery organisations using the Green Dot trademark and in 2005 he was appointed as managing director. Joachim was a subject matter expert for the ISO global standardisation project SIS/TK 165/AG 10 Packaging and Environment that was developed between 2009 & 2012 global standards on packaging optimisation, recycling, reuse and energy recovery. Joachim works as an independent German Lawyer specialized on international extended producer responsibility legislation.
A proven design leader, educator and technical packaging specialist with almost 20 years experience in the CPG beverage sector and graphic arts industry. Passionate about innovation, emerging technologies and giving back to our upcoming generations that are eager to make a difference in the future of packaging & design.
Donna's strength is her inclusive & collaborative approach to any challenge; blending both practicum and theory based learning into her teachings and corporate leadership. "Design in reverse to solve for the journey".
SENIOR MANAGER, PACKAGING DESIGN
COLGATE PALMOLIVE INDIA
Sukhdev is a Packaging Supply Chain Professional with experience of 16 years at Unilever, GlaxoSmithKline & General Mills. He is currently the Packaging leader at Colgate Palmolive. His passion areas include creativity, packaging strategy, and sustainability. He has numerous accolades to his name including The CEO Award, Worldstar Packaging Awards and Patents. He is a speaker at various packaging forums and writes a column in packaging magazine. He loves cooking, walking, listening to Sufi music, watch Animations, Practice Alternate healing and enjoys Basil tea with a book in hand.
PACKAGING TECHNOLOGY & RESEARCH
Claire Sand is an industry and academic leader who focuses on decreasing food waste with packaging, food engineering, and food science. Sand integrates material science, active and intelligent packaging, ingredient technology, and food processing strategies to launch new products and extend the shelf life of existing products. Dr. Claire Sand runs Packaging Technology and Research, where she provides project based strategy, technology, consulting and coaching services to food and packaging companies. Dr. Sand holds a doctorate degree in Food Science and Nutrition from the University of Minnesota and MS and BS in Packaging from Michigan State University.
Dustie has “pushed the label” to all new heights as patent holder of the Can End Label & lead innovator of the TT Sensor Plus™. She earned her “back stage pass” to collaborating first-hand with brands, printers, manufacturers and CPG’s around the globe during her time as the Creator of the Concepts Lab at Avery Dennison. Nearing 20 years, Dustie’s talents have been requested to collaborate with Skanem, Inventionland, Webb deVlam, Haney, Miller-Coors, Castel, FourLoko, Ferrero Rocher, Clorox, Lilly, Crayola, Jokari & more— in the creation of designs that are “fun, functional and fabulous.” After her time spent as CEO & Founder of Creative Jean, she continues influencing the way we interact with brands, products, packaging and B2B communications as a Creative Consultant.
CHRIS SHERWIN, PHD
Chris specializes in connecting environmental and social responsibility with product and packaging innovation, design and marketing. He recently set up reboot innovation - previously he was Head of Sustainability in design agencies Seymourpowell, Dragon Rouge and Interbrand, and Head of Innovation at sustainability advisory group Forum for the Future. Notable recent projects include the strategy and design for the award-winning fairphone 2; being the creative and technical partners helping AkzoNobel/Dulux to develop and launch a mainstream recycled paint; and strategic work to help Yeo Valley launch 'Left Yeovers'. Chris has consulted with Unilever, Mars, PepsiCo, Nestle, Sainsburys.
FOUNDER AND LEAD CONSULTANT
Root delivers specialist packaging consultancy in the form of packaging analysis, packaging design strategy, specialist research and design workshops. Root works collaboratively with established brands, retailers, raw material suppliers and converters looking to pioneer and integrate responsible packaging design. Tracy has worked with global clients including Starbucks, Innocent and Pukka Herbs on strategic and technical projects to drive innovation into packaging. Tracy has been on the sustainability advisory board for a number of global brands and has written articles for publications including The Guardian, The Times, Packaging News and Packaging Europe.
VICE PRESIDENT - SALES
Jay has 30+ years of industry leadership in packaging manufacturing, design & innovation. Currently Vice President of Sales for Aargus Plastics, his experience includes CEO positions in folding cartons, flexible packaging, labels, digital printing and containers. He has won several international awards for packaging innovation including ‘Best in Show’ at the World Label Awards. Jay works closely with brand owners and designers to help deliver compelling visual solutions with structural integrity to optimize brand performance and customer interaction. He has experience in food & beverage, health & beauty, pharmaceutical, wine & spirits, consumer electronics and many others. Jay is particularly interested in helping brands achieve increased visibility and consumer response through the innovative use of smart phone interfaces with retail packaging programs.
Dane Whitehurst is the Creative Director at Burgopak Ltd. In his career as a packaging designer he has worked with hundreds of brands including Google, Samsung, Unilever and Sony and has helped some of the most innovative start-ups to launch new products and reimagine their approach to packaging. Dane is a visiting lecturer at Ravensbourne College and the RCA in London, and speaks internationally on the subject of packaging design. He most recently co-founded Duallok, a company that is entirely focussed on child-resistant packaging, and which is making big noises in the U.S. legalised Marijuana space. He is credited with a host of international patents and design awards and his work has been featured in galleries and museums including the MoMA, NY and The Design Museum, London. Dane Graduated from Central Saint Martins, London in 2005 with a Master's Degree in Industrial Design.