2018 Sustainability In Packaging US Advisory Board

  • Elisabeth Comere

    Director Environment & Government Affairs US/ Canada Tetra Pak Inc.

    Elisabeth Comere serves as Director Environment at Tetra Pak US & Canada. Tetra Pak is the world leader in packaging and food processing solutions. She joined the company in 2006 as Environment Manager for Europe where she helped define and drive Tetra Pak's environment strategy and contributed shaping recycling for cartons in Europe. Since 2010, she is based in the US, focusing on advancing the Tetra Pak's commitment to sustainability and recycling in the US and Canada. She is a founding member and board member of AMERIPEN and a member of The Sustainability Consortium, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, the US business Council for Sustainable Development (USBCSD) and PAC. She is also contributing in the roll-out of the recycling strategy developed by the Carton Council in the US and Canada serving as Vice-President Government Affairs.

    Prior to this, she served as a political adviser to a Member of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, and headed the environment department of Food & Drink Europe, a European trade industry organization in Brussels, Belgium. She was educated in France, the UK and Belgium. She graduated as lawyer from Law School of Bordeaux University in France and Cardiff Law School in the UK (LLM) and earned an Environmental Sciences Master from Brussels University (Belgium). 

  • Andrew Corlett

    Global Director, Packaging Starbucks

    Andrew Corlett brings almost 20 years of increasing levels of Packaging Development leadership from the producer side in FMCG, Retail, Cosmetics, and Channel categories.  Andrew has been leading the R&D Packaging function for The Starbucks Coffee Company for 1.5 years.  There is a heavy interest in living up to Starbucks core beliefs of having a positive impact on the communities we serve, one person, one cup, one neighborhood at a time.  Andrew is bringing a new lens to what is possible from a technology and consumer perspective to drive a packaging sustainability strategy in partnership with Starbucks Global Social Impact team.  Starbucks is a Global Leader in ethical and sustainable sourcing, strengthening communities, and creating opportunities for all.  He is proud to be part of shaping the future environmental footprint for the world’s largest coffee retailer.

  • Paul Earl-Torniainen

    Associate Principal Scientist General Mills, US

    Paul is an Associate Principal Scientist at General Mills.  Over his 20+ years in packaging, sustainability, and most recently, food shelf life determination, he has assisted major retailers in the development of packaging scorecards, participated in the development of the GPPS, and supported the launch and growth of the How2Recycle labelling program that standardizes on-pack recycling communication in the US.  He has recently served on the Executive Committee of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and currently participates on AMERIPEN's Value of Packaging in Preventing Food Waste Committee. Paul holds a M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

  • Kelly L. Helein

    Vice President, Industrial Coveris Americas

    Kelly L. Helein brings 29 years of leadership experience in sales, marketing and product development supporting specialty paper companies, converters and major brand owners. Sales and development projects have focused on driving product innovation with high profile customers such as ConAgra, Footprint, Pactiv, Nestles, Mondi, Johnson and Johnson, Zeiss and Kohler. Kelly serves as Secretary of the Board for the Paper Discovery Center and Paper International Hall of Fame and Smithers Pira US and Europe Advisory Board. She and her husband, Greg and their three children reside in Appleton, WI. Currently employed with Coveris Americas, Kelly is Vice-President of their Industrial business vertical.

  • Sandeep Kulkarni

    SSenior Principal Scientist, Global R&D, Sustainability, Certified Corporate Social Responsibility Practitioner PepsiCo

    Sandeep Kulkarni has been working since 2010 in PepsiCo's Global R&D, where he is responsible for research and development on sustainable beverage packaging. Sandeep's work involves driving increased recycling of PET bottles and other beverage containers, guiding and ensuring all beverage packaging is designed for recyclability, life cycle assessment of PepsiCo's beverage packaging, developing approaches and strategies for reduction of GHG impacts from packaging and developing new materials and packaging for improved shelf life of beverages. Sandeep obtained a Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and he is also a certified Corporate Social Responsibility practitioner. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Sandeep worked for over 10 years in the pulp and paper industry where he led the development of innovative and sustainable packaging.

  • Jennifer McCracken

    Director, Sustainability, N.A. Packaging HAVI

    Jennifer McCracken is Director, Sustainability for HAVI’s N.A. Packaging service line. In her role, she is responsible for N.A. leadership for HAVI Sustainability, including strategy, alignment, and services.

    In her thirteen-year tenure at HAVI, Jennifer has fostered positive impacts for client’s products and supply chain through integrating Sustainability into internal HAVI operations, partnership with Suppliers and industry collaborations. For example, she has initiated a sustainable fiber sourcing program, led the implementation of grease barrier coatings with an improved material health profile, and spearheaded environmental packaging regulatory compliance management. She also developed and implemented sustainability-related processes, tools and reporting to drive continuous improvement, such as ISO 14001.

    Jennifer also participates on working groups focused on sustainability issues such as the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC), where she served as an Executive Committee member (2005-2011), the Foodservice Packaging Institute’s Paperboard Recovery Alliance (FPI PRA) and AMERIPEN (board member 2012-present).

    Before joining HAVI, Jennifer consulted for major multinationals, assisting them to comply with environmental packaging and product regulations, at Environmental Packaging International. Pre-professional experience included an internship on Capitol Hill, informing policy makers on market-based solutions to pollution prevention, and volunteering with the Peace Corps in Mauritania.

    Jennifer holds a M.Sc. in Applied Environmental Economics from the University of London, a B.A. in Environmental Biology from the University of Colorado. Professional certifications achieved include ISSP Sustainability Associate (ISSP-SA), and Sustainable Business from the University of Vermont. 

  • Rose Shulman

    Packaging Engineer Hasbro

    Rose Shulman has been a Packaging Engineer at Hasbro since 2011.  There, she is a member of the Sustainability Center of Excellence and helps lead the company’s packaging sustainability initiatives.  She is passionate about making the world a better place by designing for the environment and innovating for the future.  Prior to working at Hasbro, she was a Packaging Engineer at The Hershey Company.  She has an Industrial Design degree from Rochester Institute of Technology.

  • Tom Szaky

    CEO TerraCycle, USA

    Tom Szaky is the founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a global leader in the collection and repurposing of otherwise non-recyclable pre and post-consumer waste. TerraCycle operates in 21 countries, working with the world’s largest brands and companies to create national platforms to recycle products and packaging that currently go to landfill or incineration.

     

    Through TerraCycle, Tom is pioneering a new waste management process, involving manufacturers, retailers, governments and consumers, to create circular solutions for materials such as cigarette butts, laboratory waste, coffee capsules and even food packaging that otherwise have no other path to be recycled.

     

    Tom is the author of three books, “Revolution in a Bottle” (2009, Portfolio) and “Outsmart Waste” (2014, Berrett-Koehler) and “Make Garbage Great” (2015, HarperCollins). Tom created, produced and starred in TerraCycle’s reality show, “Human Resources” which aired on Pivot from 2014-2016. Tom and TerraCycle have received over 200 social, environmental and business awards and recognition from a range of organizations including the United Nations, World Economic Forum, Forbes Magazine, Fortune Magazine, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

     

  • Donna Visioli

    Packaging Sustainability Leader, North America DowDuPont

    Donna Visioli has been at DuPont for more than 30 years, primarily in research, application development, and business development roles in the Packaging and Industrial Polymers business unit.  She has expertise in barrier and breathable materials, interactions between packaging and food, and food chemistry and shelf life. Donna is an author of numerous scientific publications and holds more than 40 US and international patents.   She is currently involved with DowDuPont activities around sustainability, including collaboration  with value chain partners and NGOs to develop programs supporting sustainable packaging. She has a PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering from Lehigh University.