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The Future Of Packaging

Tuesday, May 2, 2023
University Club of Chicago

Thank you for attending The Future of Packaging 2023 at the University Club of Chicago on Tuesday, May 2!

Brought to you by Smithers and L.E.K. Consulting, The Future of Packaging is the premier event in North America dedicated to providing timely, insightful content to the C-suite and investors in the packaging industry. This exclusive, invitation-only program regularly attracts commercial leaders and financial sponsors in the packaging sector to discuss the key opportunities for value creation in the packaging industry. During this year’s event, you’ll be able to:

  • Build relationships with senior executives in the packaging industry including brand owners, converters, and investors
  • Learn about the latest updates, trends, and new technologies in the market
  • Network with industry experts to make profitable connections for the growth of your business

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2023 Panelists and Keynotes

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Elizabeth Rhue - Sonoco

Elizabeth Rhue

Vice President Global Environmental, Sustainability, and Technical Services at Sonoco
Chris Max - Kraft Heinz Company

Chris Max

Research Lead – Packaging Sustainability at Kraft Heinz Company
Jonathan Fitzsimmons - Baird

Jonathan Fitzsimmons

Managing Director at Baird
Joe Lambert - Sealed Air

Joe Lambert

Global Vice President of Digital Solutions at Sealed Air
Abby Herstich - Nature's Fynd

Abby Herstich

Director of Continuous Improvement and Packaging at Nature's Fynd
Anh Marella - Avery Dennison

Anh Marella

Senior Marketing Director, NA Strategic Innovation & Sustainability at Avery Dennison

2023 Agenda

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Opening Remarks
Opening Keynote
Panel #1 : E-commerce, Fulfillment Center Automation, and Packaging: Where is it going?
Panel #2 : Specialty Materials Enabling Sustainability in the Packaging Ecosystem
Panel #3: How are Brand Owners Approaching Supply Chain Management and How Can Converters Capitalize on their Latest Needs?
Closing Keynote
Closing Remarks
Evening Reception

2023 Advisory Board

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Sameer Talsania - PepsiCo

Sameer Talsania

Director | R&D External Innovation at PepsiCo
Chuck Redfearn - Sonoco

Chuck Redfearn

Director, Innovation & Chief Dot Connector at Sonoco
Justin Albert - Baird

Justin Albert

Managing Director, Packaging at Baird
Karin von Kienlin - L.E.K. Consulting

Karin von Kienlin

Partner at L.E.K. Consulting
Thilo Henkes - L.E.K. Consulting

Thilo Henkes

Managing Director at L.E.K. Consulting
Ciaran Little - Smithers

Ciaran Little

VP, Americas & Asia Pacific, Information Division at Smithers

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