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O-I’s Crawford Named Chairman of Glass Packaging Institute (posted 2/22/08) The Glass Packaging Institute (GPI) recently elected L. Richard Crawford, president of Global Glass Operations for Owens-Illinois, Inc. (O-I), to the position of chairman of the board of trustees for a one-year term. “We are very pleased to have Rich Crawford as chairman of the board for GPI,” said Joseph Cattaneo, president of the GPI. “We believe Mr. Crawford’s leadership approach and experience will serve the glass container industry well, especially at a time when the benefits of glass resonate in a world more focused than ever on sustainability.”
As chairman of the GPI board, Crawford will serve as chief executive officer of the institute and oversee its affairs, with approval of the trustees.
“I am honored to serve the glass packaging industry through my appointment on the GPI board,” said Crawford. “While the packaging industry as a whole is facing challenges and undergoing change, it’s nice to know that this 3000-year-old material that is known for being pure, safe and 100% recyclable is more relevant today than ever before because of those benefits.”
Crawford, a 25-year veteran of O-I, has served as president of Global Glass Operations since October 2006. Prior to being named to his current position, Crawford served as president of the Latin American division, beginning in 2005. He also served as director of Operations and Technology for O-I’s European Operations, beginning in 2004.
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