The National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR), Charlotte, North Carolina, and its board of directors have announced that Laura Stewart has been named to the post of executive director, effective Aug. 1. She replaces outgoing Executive Director Darrel Collier, who retired in April of this year.
Founded in 1987, the NAPCOR is the trade association for the PET plastic packaging industry in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Since joining NAPCOR in 2017, Stewart served as communications director, and most recently, director of operations. Prior to joining NAPCOR, she was vice president, sales and marketing, at Placon Corp., a Madison, Wisconsin-based designer and manufacturer of stock and custom-designed plastic thermoforming and injection molded packaging. At Placon, she was instrumental in promoting the use of recycled PET in the company’s packaging lines. During her tenure with the company, she served as NAPCOR’s first Thermoform Council Chairperson, after the organization expanded its membership to include PET sheet and thermoform members in 2008.
“Laura brings our organization strong leadership and deep industry experience as we look to continue to develop and grow the PET value chain,” says Tom Busard, NAPCOR chairman and chief procurement officer for Plymouth, Michigan-based Plastipak Packaging Inc., and President of Clean Tech, Plastipak’s recycling affiliate. “She has been instrumental in developing our Positively PET communications campaign and refining its target audience, which continues to further our mission of protecting and promoting the PET package.”
“I am extremely honored to be given this opportunity to lead NAPCOR,” Stewart says. “The PET industry has a great story to tell about this versatile, recyclable material that will be central as we transition to a circular economy and more sustainable future. With emerging technologies that have the potential to reform recycling infrastructure, the PET industry is uniquely positioned to grow.”