"The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there." John Buchan

PSi's Leadership Team, both in the US and Belgium, consists of industry leaders from the polymer sciences, film manufacturing, packaging, packaging machinery, printing, and business finance sectors.
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George Thomas
President and CEO

Mr. Thomas has over 40 years in the packaging industry operating businesses for Rexam, The Mead Corporation, PaperPak Products, and Ampac Packaging Corp. prior to joining PSi in 2012 as President and CEO.

Tom Bowden
Chief Operating Officer

Tom Bowden is an accomplished business leader with extensive experience in flexible and rigid packaging industries. Tom is responsible for all global manufacturing operations, R&D and supply chain management. Prior to joining PSI, Bowden held senior leadership positions in ProAmpac’s Flexibles Division, Berry Plastics Specialty Films Division, and most recently at Anchor Packaging. He is a graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering.

Bart DeKeyser
Managing Director

Bart DeKeyser has more than 30 years of experience in finance and general management.  Prior to joining Plastic Suppliers, Inc. in 2004, he held positions with Arthur Andersen and ConocoPhillips.  He is currently managing the European & ROW division of Plastic Suppliers, Inc.

Brad Bastion
VP of Sales & Marketing for the Americas

Brad Bastion has worked in flexible packaging and films for more than 25 years.  Prior to becoming part of the team at Plastic Suppliers in 2017, Brad held commerical roles at Inteplast, Berry Plastics, Atlantis Plastics and Printpack.  He is currently VP of Sales & Marketing for the Americas at PSi.

Günther Winnerl
Strategic Global Business Development

Günther Winnerl is based in Germany managing the Strategic Global Business Development of key PSI accounts. He has a 15 year experience in Business Development and Commercial Operations in the plastic films industry and was most recently Head of Sales Specialty Films at Bayer MaterialScience and Covestro AG.  Guenther has an MBA of Science from Landshut University of Applied Sciences.

Christine Schaefer
Director of Marketing

Chris Schaefer is a tenured Marketing leader with a career built in the flexible packaging industry. Chris is the Director of Marketing for PSI’s thin gauge bio-based sealant films with global responsibility including Europe’s Sidaplax operation. Prior to joining PSI, Chris held senior market development positions covering N. America and Europe. As a descendant of Montana ranchers, Chris grew up composting for the family’s organic garden and is passionate in green pursuits. Elevating packaging to more sustainable and compostable options is a natural evolution.

David Szink
North American Sales Manager

David Szink has 20 years of experience in the flexible packaging industry. Prior to joining PSI, Dave held positions at RWK North America and Michelman. He is currently North American Sales Manager at PSI and provides extensive knowledge of his flexible packaging expertise. 

Erich Emhuff
VP of Manufacturing

Erich Emhuff has 30 years of experience in manufacturing, primarily in the plastics processing industry.  Prior to joining Plastic Suppliers, Inc. in 2012, he held positions with AET Films and Mobil Chemical.  He is currently managing Operations for The Americas.

Ed Tweed
Director of R&D and New Product Development

Edward C Tweed has 44 years with PSi in a number of international manufacturing and R&D roles and developed/patented a number of PLA products. He is currently the Global Director of R&D and Product Development.

 

Brenda Hammond
Senior Director Human Resources

Brenda Hammond has over 20 years experience in Human Resource management.  Prior to joining Plastic Suppliers, Inc. in 2017, Brenda held HR leadership positions in non-profit, footwear manufacturing and glass manufacturing.  She is currently the Senior Director of Human Resources for the Americas at PSi.

Heather Butts
Customer Service Manager

Heather Butts has over 15 years of experience in customer service management. Prior to joining PSI, Heather worked in several management positions in the manufacturing and food service industries. Heather holds an MBA and a Bachelors of Science degree in Applied Management from Franklin University. 

Denis Vynckier
Operations Manager

Denis Vynckier started his career with Plastic Suppliers Inc. in 1989.  He has held the positions of QA and TS Manager prior to becoming the Operations Manager for Europe in 1996. 

Martin Debaets
Sales & Marketing Manager

Martin Debaets has over 35 years of experience in sales.  Prior to joining Plastic Suppliers Inc. in 1989 he held positions with Danneels Business Office, and Lannoo Printers & Publishers.  He is currently the Sales & Marketing Manager EMEAA (Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia) at Sidaplax, the European & ROW-division of Plastic Suppliers, Inc.

Wendy Persy
Finance Manager - Sidaplax

Wendy Persy has 17 years of experience in finance.  Prior to joining Sidaplax VOF in 2016, she held positions with Paxar Benelux and the American Clothing Distribution Co.  She is currently the Finance Manager for the European Operations of Plastic Suppliers, Inc.

Saskia Smessaert
Customer Service and Sales Support Team Manager - Sidaplax

Saskia Smessaert has over 20 years experience in Customer Service and Logistics.  Prior to joining Sidaplax in 2013 she held positions with Cooper Standard Automotive and Solideal.  She is currently managing the Customer Service and Sales Support team in Sidaplax.