CHICAGO — Berlin Packaging, the world's largest supplier of glass, plastic and metal containers and closures, announced that effective Monday, Bill Hayes will serve as the company's president and chief executive officer. Hayes will be based out of the company's Chicago headquarters and will also serve on its board of directors.
"Speaking on behalf of the board of directors, we are excited to have Bill onboard, and we are extremely confident that Bill will lead Berlin Packaging in its next stage of growth," said Michael Grebe, executive chairman of Berlin Packaging. "Bill is a world-class leader with proven experience expanding global, highly distributed businesses, working with high-performing teams, and delivering extraordinary results via organic and acquisitive growth."
Prior to May 2020, Hayes served as CEO and President of BrandSafway, a provider of specialized services to the global industrial, commercial and infrastructure markets. Hayes grew Safway, which combined with Brand to form BrandSafway, from a nearly $1 billion North American business in 2012 to a $5 billion global industrial services business with 38,000 employees across 340 locations in 30 countries. Prior to 2012, he was President of Honeywell Safety Products, creating the largest personal protective equipment company at that time. His earlier career experience includes leadership roles at Norcross Safety Products, Nitto Denko Corp., Brady and Johnson & Johnson.
"This is an exciting time to be joining Berlin Packaging, and I am thrilled to guide this profitable company to reach new levels of global growth," Hayes said. "With the industry's strongest sales organization, a robust and nimble supply chain, and an unparalleled suite of services that benefit our customers, Berlin Packaging's growth potential is unlimited. I am excited to roll up my sleeves and get to work with this incredible team."
Berlin Packaging is a portfolio company of Oak Hill Capital Partners (Oak Hill) and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investments).
Berlin Packaging is the only global Hybrid Packaging Supplier of glass, plastic, and metal containers and closures. The company supplies packaging solutions for large and small customers across a broad range of products, along with package design, financing, consulting, warehousing and logistics services for customers across all industries.