Alison Keane, President and CEO, Flexible Packaging Association (FPA)
"State of the Flexible Packaging Industry"
8:30 am-10:00 am, Monday, April 11, 2022
The Flexible Packaging Industry has experienced an unanticipated convergence of drivers over the last several years. While the continuing drivers of collection and recyclability challenged the increased incorporation of renewable and recycled content, COVID19 drove demand for more protective packaging of food that maintains not only freshness and quality, but also cleanliness and security. Meanwhile, the supply chain bulged with increased demands for eCommerce and ‘to your door’ packaging while simultaneously facing increased disruptions across the segments that use flexible packaging. The combination of these drivers added energy to an already dynamic industry. This presentation will provide insight into flexible packaging’s issues and opportunities now and in the future.
Alison Keane is an environmental attorney with over 25 years’ experience in both the private and governmental sectors. She is currently the President and CEO of the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA), the association representing U.S. converters of film, foil, paper and other materials into packages for food, medical device and industrial products.
Prior to joining the FPA in 2016, she was with the American Coatings Association (ACA) for 16 years and served first as counsel and then as Vice President for Government Affairs. She was also the Executive Director, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the ACA’s product stewardship organization - PaintCare. Her previous experience includes the Environmental Protection Agency’s Headquarters office, the Maryland State Senate and private practice. Alison has her BA in Biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and her JD from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. She is admitted to the practice of law in both Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Tom Lee, MBA, Vice President of Research and Development, TC Transcontinental Packaging
"Sustainable Flexible Packaging: Perspectives and R&D Effort from Packaging Converters"
12:30-1:45 pm, Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Tom is currently the Vice President of Research and Development at TC Transcontinental Packaging (TC). After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1980, Tom has been dedicated to the flexible packaging industry for 41 years in numerous research and development areas including natural cheese and fresh and processed meat, shrink bundling, snack and breakfast products, consumer products, pet food, and industrial products.
Recently, one of the main R&D efforts he is leading is the running of TC's Art, Science, and Technology Research and Applications (ASTRA) Center. Based in Menasha, WI, the ASTRA Center serves as a hub for deep expertise in compostable, recyclable, and recycled content packaging; increasing speed to market from concept to commercialization; optimized solutions for performance and cost; and turnkey packaging solutions.