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Tom Schneider to begin second term as WPO president

By Canadian Packaging Staff   

General Industrial & Shippers Supply Institute of Packaging Professionals IOPP Thomas L. Schneider World Packaging Organisation

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During a recent board meeting at Interpack in Dusseldorf, Germany, the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) unanimously elected Thomas L. Schneider, CPP, to a second term as WPO’s President for 2015-2017.

Along with this impressive honor, Schneider is currently president of Houston-based Industrial & Shippers Supply, a 60-year old value-added distributor of packaging and labeling systems and supplies.

Through multiple leadership positions, Schneider’s participation in the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) helped pave the way to his extensive and influential WPO involvement. He has served on the IoPP National Board as president and chair in 2004 and 2005 respectively. He is a member of the IoPP College of Fellows and also an Honorary Life Member of the Institute, and is a member of the Packaging Hall of Fame.

With packaging education at the forefront, Schneider’s tireless contributions to IoPP and WPO have provided opportunities to share his insight and knowledge with the worldwide packaging community comprised of a global network of industry professionals, especially with WPO member from more than 50 countries.


“The opportunity to develop relationships with packaging leaders from around the world has been a unique experience,” says  Schneider. “These relationships – with WPO and IoPP support – have provided exceptional opportunities to experience the latest technologies, materials, and package designs from every corner of the globe – not to mention the ability to work alongside many of those professionals responsible for such incredible packaging innovation that occurs worldwide.”

According to IoPP executive director Patrick Farrey, the Institute has been well-represented at WPO meetings by Schneider since 2004.

“With Tom’s participation in WPO, IoPP has been able to expand the Institute’s global footprint in many ways,” says Farrey. “Tom was integral in executing IoPP projects over the years such as the translation and distribution of IoPP books in Spain and Mexico. And the IoPP footprint continues to grow with on-line learning opportunities around the world. His efforts on behalf of IoPP have truly given the Institute an unprecedented worldview when it comes to packaging. We are proud of Tom’s leadership and look forward to supporting him during his second term as WPO President.”

About IoPP
The Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) is the leading individual membership organization serving the educational needs of the packaging community. It is committed to providing continuing educational programs of interest and value to all packaging professionals. These programs cover all packaging related areas of business and technology, as well as fundamental principles. The organization, its activities and operations support the development of the best possible packaging programs and events. For more information, visit

About WPO
Founded in 1968 on the occasion of the second Japanese International Packaging Exhibition, the World Packaging Organization is made up today of member organizations from almost 50 countries. Many members are packaging institutes; other significant members are national or regional trade organizations that promote their countries’ packaging products. In recent years, WPO has focused on packaging education in developing nations.

With headquarters in Naperville, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), the WPO promotes projects and activities aligned with 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


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