Anthony Rossi is the VP, Global Business Development for Loop (TerraCycle company), a global platform that enables consumer product companies and retailers to shift from a disposable supply chain to a durable one.
Anthony has been with Loop for 18 months and TerraCycle for 7-years. Before leading the global business development team for Loop, Anthony was the head of global business development for TerraCycle supporting the company’s growth in 21 markets around the world.
Prior to joining TerraCycle, Anthony earned his business development stripes working in Toronto, Dijon, Budapest, and Vienna for some of the world’s largest professional service firms and financial institutions.
Chief Innovation Officer
Chris currently serves as Chief Innovation Officer at SpoonfulOne. SpoonfulOne is a consumer-centric Silicon Valley start-up creating a new health and wellness platform to prevent food allergies around the world. Prior to SpoonfulOne, Chris served as Chief Innovation Officer of Revolution Foods, another Silicon Valley start-up dedicated to making healthy foods accessible in K-12 to improve the health and well-being of every student.
In each instance, Chris’ goal was to build high-performing innovation teams to create new products, new services, new categories and new brands to drive shareholder value, facilitate customer adoption and make the food eco-system better for both emerging and established brands.
Prior to holding these two positions, Chris was Founder and CEO of the consulting and design firm DINE. DINE was created with the aim of helping food entrepreneurs and multi-nationals launch and promote disruptive new food products and brands. As CEO of DINE, Chris grew the company and then successfully sold it to Mattson, the largest independent food and beverage innovation company in the country. As a combined entity, Mattson/DINE assembled a team of 70 food professionals to create one of the richest environments in the food industry to innovate collaboratively with clients and consumers. During his tenure, Chris and his team launched over 50 new food brands and 100+ SKUs for single entrepreneurs, mid-tier companies and multi-nationals.
Chris began his career in marketing and advertising for Klondike Ice Cream Bars, Betty Crocker and Yoplait Frozen Yogurt. His background roles include CEO, strategist, innovation leader, and creative director with numerous food brands.
Chris is a frequent speaker and lecturer at industry events including Food Vision, Fancy Food Show, Best of Food and Beverage Packaging, Next Level Summits, IFT and the American Association of Advertising Agencies. In addition, Chris is a featured contributor to business and food publications and has served as host of Lifetime’s TV show "Supermarket Superstar".
Director of Product Management and Packaging North America
Victorinox Swiss Army
Product, brand and marketing professional with extensive experience in new product development, package design, strategic brand positioning, retail package design, POP/ POS sales promotion. Strong international collaboration with Swiss and French counterparts. North American lead for Swiss corporate HQ Global Brand / Product Development Team.
Industrial design package engineering and product development background includes product ideation, structural design, manufacturing, sourcing, procurement and licensing. Disciplines include; visual merchandising, counterfeit labeling authentication, additive manufacturing, stereo lithography prototyping, interactive packaging that drives web traffic. Sustainability / carbon footprint leader. U-S-A patent holder D694,064
Packaging Design Engineer
Creative Director, Founder
After a long career as a creative director at some of the world’s top ad agencies, Dion founded creative brand consultancy Persuasion Arts & Sciences, using creativity to help grow businesses such as Apple, Best Buy, and Lowe’s.
In 2018, he applied his problem-solving skills to a challenge of a different kind – plastic waste. The company he has created, HiBAR, is a fast-growing brand of salon-quality shampoos and conditioners.
Dion is a multiple Adweek All-Star Creative, has dozens of Effie awards for marketing effectiveness, and was featured in the NYTimes best seller Decisive, by Chip and Dan Heath.
Sr Manager - Packaging Engineering
Principal Scientist-Design- Coffee R&D
The J.M. Smucker Company
Jeffery Y Cheng
Senior Packaging and Print Production Manager
Jeff Cheng is the Senior Packaging and Print Production Manager at Fossil Group. Fossil Group is a global design, marketing, distribution and innovation company specializing in lifestyle accessories. Jeff leads a team of packaging managers that oversees the packaging development for all of Fossil Group’s owned and licensed brands. These packaging items include product packaging for watch, jewelry, and leather categories, retail store packaging, and e-commerce packaging. Since joining Fossil Group, Jeff has pushed Fossil Group’s packaging development to be more integrated into the overall product lifecycle and established processes to connect packaging tighter into supply-chain operations.
Director, Packaging Engineering and Development
John is a 30-year veteran of Procter and Gamble where he was responsible for the development of packaging across its many business units including Healthcare, Beauty Care and Household products, based in the UK and Belgium.
He led the development of the Company’s first globally-identical packaging for Haircare products in the late 90s. His time at P&G was punctuated by a period at Coty Inc. Barcelona where he was Director of Packaging responsible for the mass fragrance, color cosmetics and personal care businesses.
Since 2012 John has been based in Redmond, Washington where he leads the Packaging Development and Engineering function at Microsoft.
Global Head – Design Strategy
Reckitt Benckiser Plc
Jos is Global Head of Design Strategy at leading FMCG innovator, Reckitt Benckiser. His focus is enabling Design to lead brand strategy throughout the consumer journey. He has spent the last 20 years leading design thinking in all areas of the creative industry – always with a focus on the end-user and an agenda to drive sustainable business practices.
Procter & Gamble
Ken joined Procter & Gamble following completion of his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and has been working in a corporate Procter & Gamble R&D role in the Cincinnati area for the past 25 years. Ken’s equity is that of a serial inventor making unobvious technology connections with a vision for consumer and business propositions leveraging his strong background in materials science. Ken holds more than 50 Patents as an enabling inventor on ThermaCare, Press’n Seal, Bounty Basic, and most recently the AeroFlexx packaging technology that is revolutionizing liquid packaging.
Creative Director of Design, Global Packaging and Content
As Microsoft’s Creative Director of Global Packaging and Content, Kevin leads a world-class team of designers and is responsible for the vision and creative strategy of Microsoft’s packaging for its worldwide line of products including Surface, XBOX, Hololens, PC Hardware and others.
He believes that today’s consumers expect intuitive, connected product journeys and well-crafted packaging is one of a brand’s most vital assets in creating meaningful and lasting consumer relationships.
Prior to joining Microsoft he was Creative Director of Marc Rosen Associates, a New York based, award-winning design firm specializing in luxury, beauty and consumer packaged goods.
Prior to that, he was Global Packaging Design Director for Avon Products, Inc. responsible for packaging across global brands.
With over 25 years of packaging design experience, his passion is for leading talented teams that leverage the power of inspired design while launching memorable experiences that delight consumers and build brand equity.
Packaging Engineering Manager
Kiersten Wilmes is the Packaging Engineering Manager at Hallmark Cards, Inc.
In this role, Kiersten is responsible for packaging development for Hallmark’s greeting card, gift presentation, stationery and boxed card lines.
While currently providing leadership to the Packaging Engineering team, Kiersten has been with Hallmark for over 22 years. Her experience at Hallmark includes Product Development Engineering, Project Management and Manufacturing prior to her current role.
She leads a team who executes packaging development by leveraging global resources to deliver compelling packaging solutions by combining business needs, consumer needs, and creative aspirations with existing and emerging capabilities.
Kiersten holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial management from Clemson University. She will now share some insights with you as to how packaging is executed at Hallmark.
Global Director of R&D e-Commerce and New Business Initiatives
Johnson & Johnson
Call him a 21st century renaissance man: Laszlo Moharita, Global Director of R&D e-Commerce and New Business Initiatives at Johnson & Johnson, describes himself as a “squared up engineer who also likes to paint.” This yin-yang quality is more likely than not how he’s found himself in charge of creating everyday objects so well designed and engineered, we all take them for granted. Lotion pumps, dental floss, perfume bottles – Laszlo is the brain behind the most minute details of these items, from how much lotion comes out of the bottle to which way the box opens to the delightful unboxing experience of direct-to-consumer products. He has built himself to be a bit of an engineer, a bit of a designer, a bit of a BigCo business man with an entrepreneurial spirit.
Lindsey McCoy has a master’s degree from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and spent 10 years running environmental education nonprofits in The Bahamas - islands that are overwhelmingly full of single-use plastic. After her return to the United States, she and her sister co-founded Plaine Products in February, 2017 in order to help minimize single-use plastic and reduce waste in bathrooms across the country. Plaine Products offers premium personal care products in uniquely sustainable packaging: aluminum bottles that can be returned (for free), refilled and reused. Plaine Products has already diverted over 50,000 plastic bottles from landfills to date. Get more tips about reducing the plastic in your life by following Plaine Products on social media: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn & Pinterest
Design & Packaging Director Latin-American Business
Luis Carlos Chacón
Global Consultant / Op-Ed Columnist
BusinessCase / Forbes LatinAmerica
Luis Carlos Chacón leads the BusinessCase team, a global firm that works with multinational FMCG's identifying emerging and future business opportunities and how to connecting between consumers, markets and innovations. Also, has been a columnist for Forbes Latin America for several years with a focus on economics and industries, and currently pursuing a graduate degree in Global Business at the University of Oxford (where previously graduated in Strategy and Innovation), his educational background also includes studies in Design Thinking at Stanford, and Futures at the Universities of Manchester, and Houston. In Business, he has worked for more than eighteen years for the operations of Companies such as Coca-Cola, Colgate, Diageo, Kellogg’s, Unilever, Dannon, among many others. Behavioral economics enthusiast (understanding needs and contexts) and believer in connecting the distant (linking the disconnected but inseparable) under the influence of sociocultural changes in industries and consumption, and off course, a GlobeTrotter.
Associate Director of R&D e-Commerce and New Business Initiatives
Johnson & Johnson
Melissa Dandy, Associate Director of R&D e-Commerce and New Business Initiatives at Johnson & Johnson, is known as the “creative engineer”. Known for creative and strategic visions and out of the box thinking, she is responsible for developing many Packaging solutions in her 15 year career in FMCG Packaging Innovation. Having a key eye for business strategy allows her to take the complex engineering world and turn it into a valuable competitive advantage for her Commercial partners. She is obsessed with understanding the consumer and providing an element of delight with every Packaging experience.
Three Farmers Foods Inc.
Natasha Vandenhurk is the CEO and one of the founders of Three Farmers Foods, a brand born on the Canadian prairies by, literally, three farmers. Natasha and her sister Elysia, daughters to one of the three farmers, began their venture in their early 20s with the purpose of providing healthy, wholesome foods to customers in a direct and transparent manner. At Three Farmers, the belief is that everyone deserves access to clean, nutritious foods and so they manufacture roasted plant based snack lines, consisting of roasted chickpeas, roasted green peas and their latest innovation, whole roasted lentils.
R&D Engineering Manager
Church & Dwight
Head of Packaging – Respiratory Category
Sriman’s passion is leveraging packaging to bring brands to life. He is known and considered a thought leader for his in-depth rich experience globally in FMCG, Healthcare, Foods & Allied industries. He has been recognized as an innovation strategy leader for his work with building brand equity, connect with consumers, emerging markets, sustainability and measurable ROI resulting in award winning packaging. He has been on several industry boards having numerous paper presentations and articles to his credit and is a visiting faculty to packaging institutes. Being an avid traveler, Sriman has travelled 35+ countries and has a high appreciation of inclusiveness & global culture.
Altria Client Services
Yvonne DeVerry is the Senior Director of Packaging Design & Innovation for Altria Client Services, where she leads packaging development for the Altria Group’s operating companies. Her team is responsible for material and graphic solutions for primary and tertiary packaging for iconic brands including Marlboro, Parliament, Copenhagen, Skoal, and Black& Mild for the US market. Yvonne has over 25 years’ experience in printing management, design management, and people development, having held various positions in packaging and prepress companies prior to joining the Altria Group of Companies in 2002. She holds a BS degree in printing management from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MBA from Strayer University.