NEWS: Industry People


Alcoa (Richmond, VA) has announced that Bimal Kalvani has been appointed president of Alcoa Flexible Packaging. Kalvani comes to Alcoa after serving 20 years in the consumer and industrial packaging industry, most recently with Berry Plastics Inc. (Alsip, IL). Kalvani succeeds Elizabeth Fessenden as president. “Bimal brings extensive packaging management experience to Alcoa that will help foster our growth and business strategies in the flexible packaging market,” said Ruth Mack, vice president of Alcoa and group president, packaging and consumer products.

Kurz Transfer Products LLC (Charlotte, NC) has appointed Brad Long as business development manager for brand security products. In this role, Long will be responsible for brand protection products for all markets. Prior to joining Kurz, Long worked in sales and marketing for optical variable device (OVD) technology at various companies.

Label provider Fort Dearborn Co. (Niles, IL) has hired Bill Johnstone as its new senior vice president of operations. Johnstone will oversee the operations and management of all of the company’s plants. Most recently, he was vice president/general manager for printing company RR Donnelly.

The Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility (AIM Global; Warrendale, PA) presented two awards at its recent annual meeting in Dallas. The association presented its 2005 Don Percival Award to Gerd Wolfram in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of automatic identification and mobility solutions. Wolfram has pioneered RFID implementations in the METRO Extra Future Store in Rheinberg, Germany, and the METRO RFID showcase in Barcelona, Spain. He was also instrumental in forming action groups where competitors collaborated in integrating technology for more-effective implementations. AIM Global also awarded its highest honor, the Richard R. Dilling Award, to Tom Brady, vice president, AIDC, of the Uniform Code Council (UCC). Brady received the award in recognition of his major contributions to the development and growth of the automatic identification industry. Brady joined UCC in 1991 and has been instrumental in the organization’s development of the next generation of supply-chain applications for automatic identification technology. He also played a key role in the migration of UCC technical specifications to ISO/IEC SC31, the development of the general EAN/UCC specifications, development of RSS/Composite symbologies, and the development of digital bar code printing specifications and guidelines.

Alkar-RapidPak (Lodi, WI) has announced that John P. Merritt has joined the company as director, medical development. The hiring of medical device industry veteran Merritt reinforces the company’s commitment to the device sector. The company’s RapidPak product line includes advanced features such as servo lifting systems, servo-driven plug-assisted forming tooling, and side-extractable tooling.

Watlow (St. Louis) has announced the hiring of Peter Gonzalez as end-user channel manager for North America. In this role, Gonzalez will assume overall responsibility for growing and supporting the company’s non-OEM and distributor sales channels in the United States and Canada. He first joined Watlow in 2001, when he was hired as director of life sciences. He had previously spent 15 years in sales and marketing.

Bar Code Specialties (Garden Grove, CA) has announced that Fred Braun and Teresa Saldutti have joined the company’s media sales team. Braun began his career in the packaging industry in 1969, and for the past two years has been a distributor of corrugated boxes and related items. Saldutti has spent much of her career in sales in family-owned businesses. The company also announced the promotion of Scott Steiner to media sales manager. Steiner brings 28 years of label experience to the position.

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