Libbey Announces Expansion of Senior Leadership Team
Libbey Inc., one of the largest glass tableware manufacturers in the world, recently announced the addition of several new hires to its senior leadership team. The announcement follows the company’s previous disclosure of a planned staffing realignment designed to add talent within the organization in critical new functions focused on driving profitable growth.
Jim White will be joining Libbey effective July 13, 2015, as chief operating officer and will report to Stephanie Streeter, CEO. White has successfully led multiple businesses in different industries, regions and stages of growth. Over the past 10 years while at Ecolab, Inc., he led the EMEA and Asia-Pacific businesses and, most recently, was executive vice president and president of Latin America. White has nearly 30 years of combined managerial experience in strategy and marketing, and has significant experience driving organic, acquisitive, and synergistic growth across complex global markets and supply chains. His background also includes nearly 15 years of experience in product marketing and sales management at consumer-focused companies, including International Multifoods, The Pillsbury Co., and General Mills. He will be tasked with driving the execution of Libbey’s Own the Moment global strategies and will oversee the general managers of Libbey’s four geographic regions: U.S. and Canada, EMEA, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific.
Christine Perry joins Libbey as vice president, Commercial, U.S. and Canada, and will oversee all commercial functions within that region. She was previously vice president of Sales Excellence at W.W. Grainger and has extensive experience building strong teams, improving sales planning and capabilities, and driving marketing innovation.
Toby Campbell has been hired as senior director, U.S. and Canada and Global Marketing. She was previously with Unilever as a senior marketing leader and will help drive Libbey’s global focus on consumers and innovation.
Casey Ingle has been hired as senior director of Global Innovation. He was previously director of Global Marketing Innovation at Owens-Illinois and has more than 10 years of brand marketing and strategy experience. In this role, Casey will work to deepen insights into trends and opportunities to drive revenue and margin growth, and build out a global innovation agenda, portfolio, pipeline, and valuation processes to support Libbey’s growth initiatives.
Lastly, Ben Schlater will be joining Libbey effective July 1, 2015, as vice president, treasurer, investor relations and corporate development, and will report to Sherry Buck, chief financial officer. Schlater was most recently treasurer and headed corporate development and strategic and financial planning at Veyance Technologies, a diversified industrial manufacturing company and private equity-backed spin-off acquired by the Carlyle Group from the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. He has nearly 20 years of corporate finance experience, with an extensive background in treasury, strategic planning, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and implementing strategic and financial objectives that support growth for multibillion-dollar global organizations.
“Increasing our capabilities across our organization, including by augmenting our strengths in consumer-focused marketing and sales, is key to our ability to successfully execute our Own the Moment strategy,” said Streeter. “We have been successfully executing that strategy for the past two quarters, and we expect the enhancements we are making today to our senior leadership team to help us carry our momentum forward into the second half of the year and beyond. We are very excited to welcome Jim, Christine, Toby, Casey, and Ben to Libbey, and look forward to their contributions in the years ahead.”
Additional information is available at www.libbey.com.