The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) has engaged Heidrick & Struggles, a highly respected executive search firm, to lead the search for the association’s next President and CEO. Last week, PLASTICS held their first Officers Retreat and Strategy Meeting without the presence of former President and CEO Bill Carteaux, who passed away in December, to discuss the association’s goals for 2019.

Wylie H. Royce, chairman of PLASTICS and partner at Royce Global, outlined the goals which include, first and foremost, to identify, hire and if necessary, transition a worthy successor to Bill Carteaux. Other top goals include continuing to develop and promote outreach initiatives such as “This Is Plastics” to turn plastics employees into ambassadors for the material, and to dispel negative myths. Also high on the list came funding and participating in programs that aid in sustainability efforts and development, helping to educate key audiences about the sustainability and safety of plastics, and supporting and creating programs that help the industry promote employment and educational opportunities in the plastics industry.

To address the first priority, the PLASTICS search and selection committee also chaired by Royce, has engaged the services of Heidrick & Struggles, and are working to develop a rigorous and in-depth protocol that will be used in the search and selection of the next PLASTICS President and CEO.

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Chairman Royce also reiterated the Officers’ unanimous support of Interim President and CEO Patty Long, and commended her, the Executive Leadership Team and the entire staff at the association on the outstanding job they have been doing.

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