Panel Discussion

April 10 - 13, 2022 | AT&T Hotel and Conference Center Austin, TX

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2025 Sustainability Goals...Status and Gaps with Flexible Packaging: How Far Have We Come and Where Do We Go From Here?

Panel Discussion
10:00 - 11:30 am, Monday, April 11, 2022


Meet the Panelists:

Todd Fayne 
Associate Director, Global Snacks R&D - PepsiCo

Todd Fayne has worked at PepsiCo for 15 years. He is responsible for materials and process development for global food packaging as well as building the supply chain for bioplastic flexible films. Prior to PepsiCo, he worked at Toray Plastics (America) in PET films.  He has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island.


Dan Felton
Executive Director, American Institute for Packaging and the Environment (AMERIPEN)

Dan Felton has been a well-known leader in the government affairs and trade association arenas for nearly 20 years. He is particularly passionate about environmental, sustainability and packaging issues and lobbies extensively in those areas at the state and federal levels. He leads the efforts of AMERIPEN to develop and advocate positions for the U.S. packaging industry on issues related to packaging and the environment, using sound science and a philosophy of material neutrality. He lives in the Washington, D.C. area.


Mika Härkönen 
Professor of Practice, Industrial Chemistry and Technology Infrastructures, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Mika Härkönen has nearly 30 years of innovation and research experience in the petrochemical industry, focusing on polymer technology, packaging materials and the scale-up and piloting of new chemical process technologies. Plastic recycling is a key topic in his current work as a Professor of Practice at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. As a research institute, VTT's key role in the innovation ecosystem is applied research and support for companies in the scale-up and commercialization of new technologies.

Dr. Härkönen received a D.Sc. (Tech.) degree in polymer technology in 1995 from Helsinki University of Technology. He has worked at VTT in several management and subject matter expert positions in process chemistry, piloting and technology infrastructure development since 2006. Prior to VTT, he served nearly 15 years in various product and process development and R&D management positions in the plastics and petrochemical industries at Borealis and Neste.


Stephanie Hicks
Materials Sourcing Manager, Trex Company

Stephanie Hicks has represented Trex Company’s recycling education and outreach for the last 10 years with a goal of educating the public on correct plastic bag and film recycling efforts. Trex launched its NexTrex packaging label in early 2021. Stephanie will share information on the NexTrex store drop-off program, as well as, the NexTrex label process and criteria.


Nate Miranda
 Director, Innovation Platforms and Sustainability, TC Transcontinental Packaging 

Nate Miranda has been in the packaging industry for almost 30 years. His current team is responsible for vetting new-to-TC technologies that will allow TC to meet its Ellen McArthur sustainability pledges. Prior to TC, Nate held leadership positions at Sealed Air Corporation, PepsiCo, and MonoSol LLC. He received a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University and is an inventor on 18 US patents.