Executive Committee


SPC Executive Committee

The SPC Executive Committee is an advisory committee to GreenBlue that consists of nine elected members and one GreenBlue representative, all of whom are dedicated to the SPC and our mission. In their advisory capacity, they provide strategic and fiscal guidance on meetings, events, projects, and all other aspects of the Coalition. The Executive Committee is required to have a minimum representation from across the supply chain and elections are held once a year in the fall. Members serve three-year terms.


Koen Bastiaens, Business Leader, Ingeo Films and Cards, NatureWorks LLC

Koen Bastiaens leads the Films and Cards business for NatureWorks LLC, a company formed with the unique mission of bringing to market a broad family of performance plastics and fibers created from plants, not oil. In this position, Koen works with leading sheet and film converters and aligns them with brandowners and retailers. Koen joined NatureWorks in 1997 in a production management role. He has since held roles as market and business development leader for new business platforms including for fibers and carpeting, paper extrusion coatings, and food packaging foams. Previous to this role, he held engineering and management positions within Cargill’s biorefinery division. Koen received a Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and is located at NatureWorks headquarters in Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA.


Victor Bell, President, Environmental Packaging International

Victor Bell is a Certified Packaging Professional with more than 20 years of experience with environmental issues associated with packaging and products. In 1998, Mr. Bell founded Environmental Packaging International (EPI), a consultancy that advises global brandowners and retailers on a wide range of environmental packaging and product stewardship issues. He served on the Sustainable Packaging Coalition Executive Committee in the past and participated in the ISO Packaging Standard Committee and Global Protocol on Packaging Sustainability. Mr. Bell received his MMA (Marine Affairs) and BS (Natural Resource) degrees from the University of Rhode Island and an MS (Urban and Environmental Studies) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Paul Earl-Torniainen, Senior Packaging Engineer, General Mills

Paul Earl-Torniainen is a Sustainability Manager at General Mills in Minneapolis. Paul’s focus is to “operationalize” sustainability, which includes developing tools that simplify sustainability so that it can be used regularly in business decision making, creating business processes to identify and implement projects that reduce both environmental impact and cost, and educating employees and consumers. Paul has been at General Mills for 18 years, working for most of that time in Packaging R&D prior to joining the Sustainability team. He leverages his experience to drive progress in organizations such as the Sustainability Consortium, Wal-Mart’s Sustainable Value Network, and the Consumer Goods Forum. Paul holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University and an MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, and he has earned six patents.


Kim Frankovich, Global Sustainability Director, Wrigley (a subsidiary of Mars Incorporated)

Kim Frankovich joined Wrigley in May 2013 as Global Sustainability Director where she is responsible for driving global programs, policies and procedures to meet Wrigley's sustainability goals for product, packaging and operations. Prior to joining Wrigley, she spent four years as VP Sustainability for Solo Cup Company, a single use packaging manufacturer where she was responsible for setting sustainability goals and strategies to lower Solo’s environmental impact, advising on sustainable raw packaging materials, and managing strategic recycling and composting partnerships. Her prior association work includes committee or board memberships with the Association of Post Consumer Plastic Recyclers (APR), the National Association of PET Container Resources (NAPCOR), and the Biodegradable Product Institute (BPI). Before moving to sustainability full time in 2009, she spent 12 years as a securities and finance attorney including roles as Assistant General Counsel at Solo Cup Company, Corporate Counsel at Baxter International Inc. and as an Associate Attorney at Lewis, Rice & Fingersh in St. Louis, and Grippo & Elden in Chicago. Kim holds a J.D. from Notre Dame Law School in South Bend, IN and a B.S. in Economics from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT.


Steve Mahler, Design Manager, Caraustar Industries Inc. 

Steve is the Design Manager and Sustainable Package Development Manager for Caraustar Industries. With over 25 years experience in all phases of packaging, he brings his designer’s eye to the sustainability arena. As Sustainable Development Manager, Steve has continually supported his company’s efforts to develop more efficient and sustainable packages to best represent their clients and ensure that they are meeting today’s greener demands. Steve is also credited with several U.S. patents and copyrights, PPC Gold Awards, the DuPont Packaging Innovations Noteworthy Award, and Grammy Packaging nominations. During Caraustar’s membership in the SPC, Steve has participated on several committees and presented numerous sustainable design innovations. He is currently co-chairing the member led committee for Consumer Outreach & Education.


Matthew Realff, Ph.D, Professor, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Tech

Dr. Realff is an Associate Professor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech and Program Director at the National Science Foundation. His broad research interests are in the areas of process design, simulation, scheduling, and control. He has specific interests that include the design and operation of processes that minimize waste production by recovery of useful products from waste streams, and the simultaneous scheduling and control of batch processes. His overall research goal is to automate the entire design process: the design or selection of molecules for desired product properties, the synthesis of reaction pathways and speratio operations, and the design and selection of processing equipment, combining fundamental chemical engineering science with an understanding of the methods of design.


Gerald Rebitzer, Sustainability Leader, Amcor

Dr. Gerald Rebitzer is responsible for Sustainability at Amcor Flexibles Europe & Americas. This role encompasses both environmental management and social responsibility from an operations perspective as well as working with customers and suppliers to enhance the performance of the packaging products Amcor provides. From 2007 to 2009 he was head of product-related sustainability management at Alcan Packaging. Prior to this, he had several roles related to EHS and sustainability within Alcan, focusing on the various aluminum production and fabrication business (2003 - 2007). Gerald has nearly 20 years of experience in implementing sustainability initiatives and life cycle approaches in sectors such as Packaging, Building and Construction, Automotive, Aerospace, Electronics, and Metals. He holds a Ph.D. in Life Cycle Management from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne and a Masters in Environmental Engineering from the Technical University Berlin. To date he has published more than 120 papers in the area of life cycle thinking and sustainability.


Brad Rodgers, R&D Director of Sustainable Packaging & Advanced Materials Research, PepsiCo

Brad is a 25-year veteran of the plastics and packaging industry. He has spent much of his career working for major plastic manufacturers, where he’s developed polymers for use in numerous packaging applications. Currently, Brad is the R&D Director of Sustainable Packaging and Advanced Materials Research for PepsiCo Advanced Research, where his responsibilities include the development of next generation packaging materials. As of today, he holds 13 patents for various packaging applications and multiple more pending. Brad has authored or co-authored several papers and published articles in the area of barrier food packaging, and currently he’s working on the development of advanced barriers using nanotechnology and biopolymers. Brad has a degree in Polymer Chemistry from the University of Missouri-Rolla.


Laura Thompson, Director of Technical Marketing and Sustainable Development, Sappi Fine Paper

Laura is responsible for working with Sappi’s leadership to set strategy, establish long term goals and drive key initiatives that have enabled Sappi to be recognized as a leader in sustainability. A self described “paper geek”, Laura has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire and an MS and PhD in Paper Science from the Institute of Paper Science and Technology. Since 1995, she has held a variety of positions within the paper industry including R&D, mill environmental, product development, and most recently marketing and sustainable development. Laura proudly serves the industry through numerous collaborative efforts including the TwoSides US Sustainability Committee, GreenBlue’s Forest Products Working Group and AF&PA’s task force on extended producer responsibility.


Jeff Wooster, Sustainability Leader, The Dow Chemical Company 

Jeff Wooster joined Dow in 1988 after receiving a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University of Science & Technology. He worked for five years in Polyolefins Product Research, and in 1993 he transferred to Plastics Technical Service & Development. In 2006 he became co-chair of Dow’s North American Sustainable Packaging Team and has been an active member of SPC since that time. Jeff enjoys collaborating with the entire value chain and is currently responsible for market focused sustainable packaging initiatives within the Performance Plastics business at Dow. He is passionate about sustainability and in addition to his work with the SPC serves as the lead Dow representative on Wal-Mart’s Packaging SVN, the American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division Packaging Team, and the Flexible Packaging Association’s Sustainability Task Force. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of AMERIPEN. Jeff holds 44 U.S. and foreign patents and has published over 50 technical papers and presentations. He lives in Houston, Texas but enjoys traveling beyond Texas’ boundaries to enjoy his favorite hobbies of snow skiing and contributing to the economic development of the world’s top tourist destinations.