Graham Packaging appoints new president and CEO

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Plastic packaging firm Graham Packaging has appointed Robert Pyle as its new president and CEO.

In this role, Pyle assumes day-to-day leadership of Graham, guiding the firm in its ongoing mission of profitable growth and creating sustainable packaging solutions.

Pyle joined Graham on 2 August and is succeeding interim CEO, Doug Owenby, who will return to his role as chief operating officer of Graham. Owenby served in the interim after former Graham Packaging CEO, Michael King, left in March to become CEO of Graham’s sister company, Pactiv Evergreen.

With more than 30 years of experience, Pyle has a demonstrated track record of success leading innovation and transformation across the global automotive industry. He most recently served as executive vice-president of Dana and president of Light Vehicle Drive Systems, Dana’s largest business.

Pyle has held various other leadership roles in the automotive industry, including president of Asia Pacific at Dana, general manager at Yanfeng Visteon – both based in Shanghai, China – and at ASIMCO Technologies, headquartered in Beijing. He started his career at Ford Motor Company, and later Visteon, holding roles with increasing responsibility in finance, sales operations, product development, manufacturing and general management.

“Graham Packaging is a well-known, established global company with a strong sustainability focus, an impressive list of blue-chip customers, and exciting, high-volume operations,” said Pyle.

“The packaging industry has many parallels to the automotive industry, where meeting customers’ evolving needs and ensuring that products meet the increasing demands of today’s consumers are critical for success.

“I look forward to leading Graham in maximising its global growth opportunities while continuing to create innovative packaging solutions, driving a more sustainable future.”

Owenby, who served as interim CEO, commented: “Bob [Pyle] is a particularly strong match for Graham strategically as we pivot from a primary focus on waste elimination to a stronger emphasis on growth.

“Bob has consistently demonstrated the ability to lead large organisations through highly successful operational and commercial transformations, to achieve impressive growth in both revenue and profitability. We welcome Bob and are excited about the extensive knowledge and experience he brings to Graham.”

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