Canadian Packaging

World Packaging Organization has new president

Thomas Schneider elected for a three-year-term.


February 7, 2012
by Canadian Packaging Staff

Thomas L. Schneider, CPP,  was recently elected as the new president of the World Packaging Organization(WPO).

Schneider will focus his three years term (2012/2014) in the following areas:

  • identify packaging education programs and institutes around the  world that need funding or other assistance to further the WPO aim of “Better  quality of life through better packaging for more people”;
  • nourish the importance of packaging as a strategic social, economic  and commercial tool;
  • create outreach programs in order to bring together national and regional packaging organizations for the common good of the packaging  community;
  • increase the number of entries in WPO’s WorldStar Awards and WorldStar Student Awards programs;
  • encourage more WPO board members to become actively involved in WPO  programs/activities;
  • seek sponsorship for specific WPO projects and the WPO mission in  general.

Keith Person, the former president will be the new general secretary of WPO in a way of keeping all the activities he began in his six years as president.

“In fact Pearson will be more than a General Secretary. He is an ambassador of packaging around the world,” states Schneider.

Pearson’s activities and projects will be supported by Kellen Company, represented by Patrick Farrey, a chief reason why the WPO headquarters recently moved to Chicago, with the Kellen Company will provide WPO all administrative support and services.

Other new additions to the WPO include three vice-presidents for 2012-2014: Safiullah Chowdhury, vice-president Asia; Roger Bagge, vice-president Scandinavia; and Shi Wanpeng, vice-president sponsorships.

The existing vice-presidents and members of the Executive Committee continue without changes: Luciana Pellegrino, marketing & communication; Dogan Erberk, information & statistics; Gordon Stewart, education; and Thomas Schneider, sustainability.

About WPO

Founded in 1968 on the occasion of the second Japanese International Packaging Exhibition, the not-for-profit World Packaging Organization is today made up of member organizations from 42 countries. Many members are packaging institutes; other significant members are national or regional trade organizations that promote their countries’ packaging products. In recent years, the WPO has focused on packaging in developing nations.
With headquarters in Chicago (US) the entity promotes projects and actions aligned to its main slogan “Better Quality of Life Through Better Packaging for More People.” With that mission in mind, WPO encourages the development of packaging technology, science and engineering; stimulation of international trade; and the advancement of packaging education and training.
For more information, visit www.worldpackaging.org.