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Pregis Announces Senior Leadership Changes

Kevin Baudhuin will add the title of Chairman in addition to his Chief Executive Officer role. Laurin Darnell was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, and Joey Phister was promoted to President, Pregis Protective Products.

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Kevin Baudhuin

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These leadership changes will allow Pregis to continue driving long-term growth while maintaining continuity as it builds upon recent successes. Baudhuin will intensify his focus on strategic growth, M&A, and advancing the company’s ESG efforts. Darnell assumes responsibility for day-to-day business operations, leading the company’s global operations and maintaining its growth trajectory to double in size in the next few years.

Since taking over as CEO of Pregis in 2012, Baudhuin has led the company’s aggressive growth through strategic acquisitions and market expansions, He spearheaded the successful acquisition of 10 companies, and under his leadership, Pregis has tripled in size, far surpassing the $1 billion revenue mark. Prior to taking over as CEO, Baudhuin was president of Pregis’ global protective packaging business. A strong advocate for environmental responsibility, Baudhuin plays a key role in developing a team-oriented company culture that strives to fulfill the Pregis Purpose to ‘Protect, Preserve, Inspyre.’ He was also the first CEO within the protective packaging industry to sign the Climate Pledge, a commitment to be a net carbon neutral company by 2040.Laurin DarnellLaurin Darnell

As COO, Darnell will lead the company’s business operations and execute its business strategy, managing P&L, driving manufacturing excellence with an emphasis on the customer experience, promoting talent development within the organization, and protecting the company’s culture. He will focus on performance and growth of all company divisions and implement strategies to steer the company towards its future vision. He Joey PhisterJoey Phisterjoined Pregis in 2016, most recently serving as president of Pregis Protective Products. Prior to that, he served as president of Pregis Global Systems and Films and president of Pregis blown film and converting division. Darnell has been instrumental in building business success and transforming manufacturing operations to position Pregis as a leader in quality and innovation.

As Darnell moves into his new position as COO, Joey Phister becomes president of Pregis Protective Products. With Pregis for nearly 20 years, Phister most recently served as vice president of sales, overseeing the North American sales activity, and driving sales revenue for the protective product segments. He joined Pregis in 2003 in sales and quickly advanced through the organization as a regional and national sales leader with cross functional experience in product and channel management.

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