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PMMI announces Jim Pittas as its next president and chief executive officer

By Canadian Packaging staff   

General Charles D. Yuska Jim Pittas Pack Expo PMMI PMMI—The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies

Pittas assumes COO role immediately, taking over from retiring Charles D. Yuska in May of 2018.

RESTON, Va.—Senior vice-president Jim Pittas will succeed Charles D. Yuska as president and chief executive officer of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows.

Pittas has immediately assumed the role of chief operating officer immediately, but will  work with Yuska and assume the title of president and chief executive officer upon Yuska’s retirement in May 2018.

Over the past year, PMMI’s Executive Committee has been working with Yuska on a succession plan. The committee sent their recommendation to the Board of Directors where it was soundly approved.

“After much deliberation and careful thought, the Executive Committee unanimously concluded that the ideal candidate for the lofty position is already working at PMMI,” says PMMI chairman Paul Irvine. “We interviewed Jim extensively and he was exceptional, making the choice clear.”


During his nearly 17 years with PMMI, Pittas has successfully managed PMMI’s number one member service and source of revenue, the PACK EXPO trade shows.

“Jim has been involved as a member of my leadership team for years,” says Yuska. “He has grown the PACK EXPO brand from a single annual event to a portfolio of shows occurring throughout the year and across North America. I feel very strongly that Jim is well fit to build on our past success and lead PMMI to a bright and prosperous future.”

Pittas will be based in PMMI’s Reston, Virginia headquarters.

About PMMI
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, represents the voice of more than 800 North American manufacturers and suppliers of equipment, components and materials as well as providers of related equipment and services to the packaging and processing industry. It works to advance a variety of industries by connecting consumer goods companies with manufacturing solutions through the world-class PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, leading trade media and a wide range of resources to empower our members. The PACK EXPO trade shows unite the world of processing and packaging to advance the industries they serve: PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas, Healthcare Packaging EXPO, PACK EXPO East, EXPO PACK México, EXPO PACK Guadalajara and ProFood Tech. PMMI Media Group connects manufacturers to the latest solutions, trends and innovations in processing and packaging year-round through brands including Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging, Contract Packaging, ProFood World and Packaging + Processing OEM. PMMI Business Drivers assist members in pursuing operational excellence through workforce development initiatives, deliver actionable business intelligence on economic, market and industry trends to support members’ growth strategies, and actively connect the supply chain throughout the year.
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