Savazzi’s focus will be on growing the company’s presence in the wine, spirits and glass industries in select markets around the world. Savazzi will strongly focus on North America, where wine and spirits have experienced significant growth in recent years.
Savazzi started his packaging career in 1980 with industry leader FMC. He served as Global Service Leader there until 1990, at which time he joined the sales team of respected Italian packaging equipment provider Emmeti. There, he quickly demonstrated a strong ability to understand client needs and deliver innovative packaging solutions. He eventually became Vice President of Emmeti, and under his leadership, the company expanded its footprint across the globe. Savazzi developed a number of markets on behalf of Emmeti, including Asia, South America and North America. In recent years, Savazzi has perhaps become best known for his extensive work in the wine, spirits and glass manufacturing segments in North America. Under his leadership, Emmeti became a significant provider of end-of-line and systems solutions for the US wine industry.
BW Integrated Systems is one of North America’s largest and most experienced providers of integrated packaging systems, robotic automation, conveyance, controls, case-packing, and palletizing. The hiring of Savazzi will strengthen the company’s position as a trusted provider of end-of-line and packaging systems integration.
“In my career, I have not come across many people who are as trusted by clients as Fausto Savazzi is,” said Pete Carlson, President of BW Integrated Systems. “We have known him as a voracious competitor, as a friend, and now as a teammate and leader within BW Integrated Systems. We could not be more excited for our business and for our clients.”
According to Carlson, the move also signals the company’s plan to focus more heavily on wine and spirits: “The addition of Fausto to our team certainly gives us an even better understanding of markets that have been an important part of our business for years. He brings insight—not only of the broader aspects of these markets—but also of key clients and their needs. His understanding of wine and spirits will certainly help us develop an even broader strategy and ensure that we build a strong structure to support these critical markets.”
Savazzi traces much of his success in the wine market to his love of the industry, as well as the people: “The wine industry is like a family. When I talk to them, I feel more than just a business relationship. I genuinely like the people and enjoy the industry. Any success I have had can be traced to my ability to listen to customer issues and develop innovative, yet practical, solutions.”