Service Fulfillment Operations Manager, Midwest Marketat
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Head of Engineering, Packagingat
Gaurav Kale currently leads the packaging engineering function at Blue Apron with focus on design and sustainability. He has been actively working with SPC and how2recycle to understand and improve the packaging sustainability in meal kits.
He started working in the sustainable packaging field in 2004 at Michigan State University under the guidance of Rafael Auras and Ramani Narayan. His focus was compostable polymers and the research work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and books.
R&D Packaging and Sustainability Leaderat
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Associate Director of Technology, Global eCommerceat
Colgate Palmolive Company
He loves his job.
Derek collaborates with product development and the end to end supply chain to bring user centric products to market. The focus has been to design and to engineer sustainable, omni-channel, cost effective primary and secondary packaging components for global brands like Colgate, Palmolive, Hills Pet Nutrition and Ajax.
Just recently he supported the development of the organization's 2025 reimagined digital commerce packaging strategy . Additional contributions to Colgate Palmolive Company are 10 US patents since 2001.
He is a graduate from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario and a member of the Project Management Institute.
He is an Assistant Coach for Men’s Soccer at Union County College.
Shyamala Soundari Kuppusamy
Senior Director, E-Commerce Technology Product Managementat
Lowe’s Companies Inc.
Shyamala is an experienced Product Management and Strategy leader with an entrepreneurial spirit. She has an extensive experience in E-Commerce, Marketplace strategy, Digital Marketing and Mobility. Led various strategic initiatives in major retailers such as Macy’s , Bloomingdale’s, Toys ‘R’Us, Sears & Kmart, Alfuttaim Retail, Sainsbury's across multiple geographies - USA, UK, UAE & India.
A driven, authentic business leader with proven track record of motivating teams to envision and deliver actual business transformation on a global scale. Twenty years of working experience across project- functional- and line-management roles within strategy consultancy, financial services and FMCG. Strong functional expertise in strategic sourcing, productivity, compliance, IT/operations, and consumer relations. Confident and hands-on manager. Life-long learning adept. Intrinsic motivation to train & develop teams. Ability to quickly analyse, challenge, source & implement (changing) business requirements.
Stephan Ango is the co-founder of Lumi, a software platform and online marketplace that enables brands to source and produce packaging from manufacturers around the world.
Stephan leads strategy and software products at Lumi. His teams are responsible for building innovative tools that enable better collaboration, traceability, and modularity at every step of the packaging supply chain.
Stephan also hosts the Well Made podcast in which he speaks with entrepreneurs and experts about innovative and sustainable ecommerce brands.
Born in Paris, France, Stephan holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Colorado College and studied industrial design at Art Center College of Design.
Head of Curiosity & Founderat
Brent Lindberg is annoying, and he knows it. With a curiosity that rivals George, he has a habit of relentlessly asking questions like a 5-year-old. And anyone who knows him can tell you he has an obnoxious appetite for the unexpected. But somehow these odd traits create a perfect storm for real innovation. This has become the culture of Fuseneo, the packaging innovation team he formed over a decade ago. Together they help brands find unexpected opportunities in packaging by combining daring creativity with serious expertise.
Global E-Commerce Managerat
Tania's experience in packaging manufacturing, marketing and innovation spans nearly 20 years. She holds a bachelor's degree in Communications from Hautes Études Commercials (HEC) in Montreal, with focus in marketing management. Ambitious and determined, Tania is successful at discovering new customer insights, and developing sustainable solutions that fulfill unmet market needs. She's passionate about the circular economy and thrives on identifying innovative & sustainable ways to redesign e-commerce packaging.
Head of Packaging Development & Commercial Device Engineeringat
Sriman Banerjee is Head of Packaging Design, Development & Commercial Devices focusing on developing products with a patient & consumer centric approach.
Dedicated to producing growth, profit, and top-performance teams, Sriman has held Packaging Head positions at Takeda Pharmaceuticals & GlaxoSmithKline – focusing on supplier relationships, product innovation aligned with category growth objectives, and consumer-centric offerings.
His experience in commercial, R&D, and supply chain allows him to convert consumer insights into practice, while managing cross-category strategies.
Lisa Carson is the Co-Founder of Occo. She started her career in digital marketing and jumped to consumer products in 2017 when she stepped into the role of Director of Marketing for Gravity Blankets. She left Gravity in 2018 to start Occo. Over the next three years she built Occo with her Co-Founder, Connie Wang. Together, they launched Occo as a Kickstarter, participated in the TechStars accelerator, and in 2020 launched the business as a national direct-to-consumer brand.
Consulting Senior Manager and Food Retail Practice Leadat
Amanda Lai is Consulting Senior Manager and Food Retail Practice Lead at McMillanDoolittle, a Chicago-based consultancy serving the retail industry. Amanda manages McMillanDoolittle’s food retail practice and leads strategic planning, retail concept development, consumer research, and real estate analysis for a wide range of global retail clients. Since joining the team in 2017, Amanda has worked with brands across the Grocery, Restaurant, Apparel, Consumer Electronics, Automotive, and Real Estate sectors. She has been featured as a subject matter expert on TD Ameritrade, CBS News, and Chicago’s WGN Radio, and has been quoted in publications including The Chicago Tribune, Crain’s, Progressive Grocer, Drug Store News, and Convenience Store News.
Dan Felton is Executive Director of AMERIPEN – the American Institute for Packaging and the Environment. He is a well-known policy and trade association leader who has worked within the bottled water, credit card, healthcare and information management industries. He is particularly passionate about environmental, sustainability and packaging issues and has engaged extensively in those areas at the state and federal levels. He has chaired committees and led task forces for several national trade associations and has served on the board of the State Government Affairs Council (SGAC) where he is a graduate of the their nationally recognized professional certificate programs. A former professional actor and musician, he has run the finances and served on the board of a nationally recognized theatre education non-profit. He has also been involved with the Commission on Presidential Debates since 2000 in support of their quad-annual presidential and vice presidential debates. A graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota, Dan lives in the Washington DC area.
Fibre Box Association
In 2011, Dennis Colley was appointed President/CEO of the Fibre Box Association (FBA), a non-profit trade association representing North American manufacturers of corrugated packaging. In this role, Colley leads the organization in supporting the corrugated industry through strategy, data sharing, issues management and communications.
Colley also serves as Executive Director of the Corrugated Packaging Alliance (CPA). CPA is a corrugated industry initiative, jointly sponsored by the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), The Independent Packaging Association (AICC), Fibre Box Association (FBA) and The Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI).
In 2016, Colley was appointed President of the International Corrugated Case Association (ICCA). Founded in 1961, ICCA is a non-profit global association of national or regional trade associations representing corrugated box manufacturers. The association also includes individual company members as leadership members.
Prior to his position at FBA, Colley spent 35 years at International Paper where he held management positions in mill operations, converting operations, global containerboard and supply chain. Colley previously served the industry as a member of the American Forest & Paper Association’s Containerboard Sector Board and co-chair of the Corrugated Packaging Alliance (CPA).
Ben Stickle, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Criminal Justiceat
Middle Tennessee State University
Ben Stickle is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Middle Tennessee State University. He is a recognized expert and industry forerunner addressing loss in the last mile of delivery, focusing on package theft. His work includes scholarly articles on COVID-19's impact on crime, package theft, and practitioner-focused articles in The Mail & Express Review, Loss Prevention Magazine, and The Business Insider. Ben's research has appeared in nearly 100 news reports, websites, and blogs, including Parcel & Post Technology, U.S. News & World Report, The Postal Hub, New York Times, and BNC Investigative Reporting. Ben has presented on package theft to the Loss Prevention Research Council, Post & Parcel Live, Clear Link Consumer Brands, Criminology Consortium, and others.
Chief Product Officerat
Speaker bio coming soon!
Vice President of Ecommerce Solutionsat
As VP of Ecommerce Solutions at Fantastapack.com, Justin Stacey drives the development of this unique web-to-print platform and supporting partnerships to help entrepreneurs achieve fantastic packaging that serves their brand and delights their customers.
Justin believes all businesses should have access to convenient, professional, and fast custom packaging. As an industry veteran, Justin’s experience includes sales, business development, operations, and executive management. This diverse background gives Justin a unique perspective which he leverages to streamline processes and remove the barriers associated with designing, purchasing, and manufacturing custom packaging.
Justin holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree as well as an MBA in IT Management. He is a speaker and frequent contributor to industry events and publications highlighting digital print for packaging.
Head of Marketingat
DS Smith North America
Emma leads the development of marketing objectives for DS Smith North America, supporting sales and growth initiatives for the company’s sustainable packaging offerings, develops partnerships and drive promotions, customer marketing, and E-commerce strategies delivering strong ROI and driving customer preference.
Emma joined DS Smith from The Coca-Cola Company, where she focused on the development of billion dollar brands’ vision and consumer, shopper, customer and commercial marketing strategies and plans rooted in market insights for traditional and digital/social media campaigns at local, regional, and international levels.
Emma brings extensive experience from additional senior marketing roles in consumer, retail and e-commerce marketing across various portfolios of well-established and start-ups brands. She holds MA degree in Mass Communication.
Marketing Manager, E-commerce Packagingat
David is responsible for accelerating growth and innovation at Veritiv, a leading provider of packaging solutions for manufacturers, distributors, and retailers worldwide. Founded in 2014 by spin-offs from packaging powerhouses International Paper and Georgia-Pacific, Veritiv helps companies manage complex global supply chains, increase speed to market, and delight customers. Before joining Veritiv, David worked on the agency and client sides of the business across brands and categories in various stages of growth. He holds an MBA in Marketing from Xavier University and a BS in Advertising from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse.
Senior Vice President of Policy & Government Relationsat
Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM)
Kevin Messner is AHAM’s Senior Vice President of Policy & Government Relations. Joining AHAM in 2008, he is responsible for overseeing and implementing the appliance manufacturing industry’s legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts and policy development. Kevin has 20 years of experience in public policy and politics including being chief of staff to Members of Congress and a political appointee at a federal agency. He also has corporate experience working as a product and manufacturing engineer at one of the top 10 Fortune 500 manufacturing companies. Kevin has an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Katrina Góis is a hands-on, multidisciplinary designer and creative leader with 10 years of experience designing, developing, and bringing commercially successful products and experiences to life. Raised in Portugal with "an American dream," she has worked for design studios, start-ups, and in-house agencies in New York, Milan, and San Francisco throughout her career and collaborated with multiple other partners in the US, Europe, and Asia. Collaborators and clients include Adobe, ADT Security, Belli e Forti, Google, Hims & Hers, Linksys, and Ford.
Benjamin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and an M.B.A from the University of Akron. Benjamin has spent the last seven years in market research and strategic consulting across a wide range of industries. In this time, Benjamin has participated in all functions of these roles including conducting primary and secondary research, analyzing trends, developing market size estimates, evaluating competitive landscapes, authoring reports, developing strategic recommendations, and conducting presentations.
Benjamin has experience working in a number of commercial, industrial, and consumer research segments, including packaging, consumer goods, oil & gas, transportation, plumbing fixtures & fittings, HVAC-R, and printing, among others. Prior to joining Smithers, Benjamin ran the Private Equity Diligence division of a Public Equity research firm. Benjamin was responsible for all aspects of this division outside of sales.
Speaker bio coming soon.
R&D E-Commerce Lead NA & Packaging Lead Sun, Acne, Make-Upat
Johnson & Johnson
CPG Packaging professional with over 15 years of industry experience. E-Commerce Packaging enthusiast pioneering to bring brands together to develop the future of E-Commerce through the E-Commerce Packaging Council (ECPC).
Vice President Retail Strategy & Salesat
Menasha Packaging Company, LLC
Since January 2019, Paul Murphy has served as Vice President of Retail Strategy and Sales for Menasha Packaging Company, LLC. Menasha Packaging Company, LLC, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Menasha Corporation and the Corporation’s largest operating company.
Paul joined Menasha in 2001 as a General Manager, following Sales, and General Management positions with Boise Cascade, MacMillan Bloedel, and Pratt Industries, and has held leadership roles in multiple Menasha businesses. In the early 2000’s, Murphy helped lead Menashas’ transformation from an industrial and graphics packaging provider, into the leading retail focused merchandising solutions provider in North America, developing meaningful relationships with the Channel Leading Retailers in the U.S., resulting in strong Retailer-CPG collaborations and thought Leadership. From 2001 through 2019 he held successive leadership positions across the company including General & Sales Management roles. In 2017 he was named Vice President of Sales and Operations for the paperboard packaging business, with multiple operations in the U.S. In 2019, he was named Vice President of Retail Strategy and Sales for Menasha. Murphy has extensive experience in industrial packaging, Retail, POP/Display, and on/off shelf merchandising, and has played a key role in developing strategies and tactics to support the strategic focus and growth of Menasha Packaging.
Murphy is a graduate of Lambuth College (BA) and University of Memphis (MA)
Chief Marketing Officerat
Daché Davidson is the Chief Marketing Officer for Pregis, a customer-driven solutions provider of innovative protective packaging materials, equipment systems, surface protection and flexible packaging whose mission is to Protect, Preserve and Inspyre. Davidson has more than 20 years of packaging industry experience working with, and helping educate, channel partners, end users and consumers on impactful industry trends.
Maximizing customer lifetime value is a key tenant to Davidson’s role. Over her 10-year career at Pregis, she has deployed data-driven insights to anticipate and respond to the dynamic industry shifts with value propositions that are tailored to each segment and channel. Taking a thought leadership position across trends, such as sustainability and the important role that packaging plays, is one example of how the company takes a holistic approach to end-to-end value chain – from the circular design and development of new products to measuring the impact of eliminating waste for high volume shippers in ecommerce and other sectors.
She is a graduate of the University of Alabama where she earned her MBA.
Senior Manager Packaging R&Dat
ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Rochester, NY
Master of Science, Packaging Science
Bachelor of Science, Packaging Science
Professional Associations and Development
Institute of Packaging Professionals (IOPP) Board of Directors
Institute of Packaging Professionals College of Fellows
Lifetime Certified Packaging Professional
International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) Board of Directors
Certified Packaging Laboratory Technician
Member of Industry Advisory Board for Packaging Science at RIT
Member Advisory Council of the Contract Packaging Association
Member Editorial Advisory Board Packaging World
Member E-Commerce Packaging Council
Member American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)