AMERIPEN Executive Director Joan Pierce to Retire

  AMERIPEN Executive Director Joan Pierce to Retire

                         Search for New Leader Begun

Business Wire

WAKEFIELD, Mass. -- February 7, 2013

The American Institute for Packaging and the Environment (AMERIPEN) today
announced that its first Executive Director, Joan Pierce, is stepping down,
after steering the organization successfully through its first years. Her
retirement is effective March 30.

Pierce was instrumental in the formation of AMERIPEN, and she helped set the
initial strategic direction of the organization, both as a founding member and
as the group’s first president. Upon her retirement from Colgate-Palmolive at
the end of 2011, Pierce was persuaded to take on the role of AMERIPEN
Executive Director. During her tenure, the organization grew significantly in
membership and launched several important initiatives, becoming an influential
voice in sustainable packaging issues.

“Joan’s drive, insights and experience in the packaging industry made her
uniquely qualified to lead AMERIPEN through our creation and launch phase. We
thank her for her hard work and dedication, and for her vision that helped us
lay the foundation for future action," said AMERIPEN President Gail Tavill of
ConAgra Foods. "Although we will miss her presence as AMERIPEN transitions
into the next phase of our work, Joan's efforts have certainly earned her the
opportunity to make this personal transition, and we wish her all the best in
her new life."

"It has been an honor to serve as AMERIPEN's first Executive Director, and it
has been a thrilling ride! I feel fortunate to have been in a position to help
start AMERIPEN on its path to success, as it now works to address important
issues that will have global impact," said Pierce. "This experience has been a
fitting capstone for my lifelong career in packaging, and I am grateful to
AMERIPEN for affording me this adventure."

Pierce joined AMERIPEN after having spent 40 years in the packaging industry,
holding increasingly responsible technical, managerial and leadership
positions. She is a graduate of the Michigan State University’s School of
Packaging. She was employed at Eastman Kodak Company, Bausch & Lomb, the Dial
Corporation and the Coca Cola Company, in addition to Colgate-Palmolive.

Pierce has served on the industry advisory boards of the MSU School of
Packaging, Rutgers University’s School of Engineering and the Packaging
Science Department of Rochester Institute of Technology. In 2012, the
International Safe Transit Association presented her with its highest honor,
the R. David LeButt Packaging Education Award, and she was named to the
Michigan State University School of Packaging Hall of Fame. Pierce also was a
member of the U.S. delegation to the ISO Subcommittee on Packaging and the

The AMERIPEN Board has formed a search committee, chaired by Director and
Officer Jeff Wooster of The Dow Chemical Company, to fill the position of
Executive Director. AMERIPEN members and its Technical Advisory Group are
being canvassed to identify qualified candidates. It is hoped that a new
Executive Director can be in place by the beginning of April. The job
description can be found on LinkedIn (Job ID: 4799665). Applicants are
strongly encouraged to submit their resumes by February 21, 2013.


The American Institute for Packaging and the Environment (AMERIPEN) works to
improve and promote the economic, environmental, and social sustainability of
packaging through increased material recovery rates, better packaging design
and materials selection, and public awareness. The organization engages with
thought leaders throughout the packaging industry ‒ including representatives
of trade associations, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations
(NGOs), and government agencies ‒ to facilitate relevant research and identify
key data and standards to advance the organization’s mission.

AMERIPEN efforts are based upon a philosophy of sound science. It welcomes
companies that support the philosophy of a collaborative trade and industry
organization, active and cooperative issue resolution, and material and
packaging system neutrality. For more information, visit

AMERIPEN, the AMERIPEN logo, and The Power of Packaging in Balance are
registered trademarks of the American Institute for Packaging and the


Judith Vanderkay, +1-781-876-6208
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