Ball Corporation, a supplier of high-quality metal and plastic packaging for beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, has recently named Michael D. Herdman to the new position of chief commercial officer, focusing on the company’s global metal beverage packaging customers, and appointed Gerrit Heske as president of Ball Packaging Europe, the company’s European beverage can business.
The 58-year-old Herdman has been working at Ball Corporation since 2004, serving first as the president of Ball’s metal beverage packaging, Americas, division and most recently as the president of Ball Packaging Europe.
His 37-year packaging career includes management of a can making operations in Asia and Europe; direction of worldwide business development through a global licensee network; and management of a plastic container division in the United States.
Heske, 44, began his career at Ball Packaging Europe in 1993 in the Braunschweig, Germany metal beverage packaging plant. He has been head of quality assurance; vice president, manufacturing and technology; and vice-president, manufacturing, in that business. Most recently, Heske held the position of executive vice-president and chief operation officer, Ball Packaging Europe.
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