Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) President and CEO Marla Donahue has announced plans to retire at the end of 2016. A search for Donahue’s replacement has been initiated.

Donahue’s tenure at FPA began in 2000, and since then FPA has seen success and growth. Donahue attributes much of that to the association’s strong, passionate leaders, talented staff and members who actively participate. “This leadership will continue to drive the association and the industry forward,” she says.

FPA leaders were quick to note Donahue’s contribution to FPA’s growth. Stan Bikulege, Chairman and CEO of NOVOLEX and FPA Chairman of the Board, says, “Marla has devoted herself to addressing major industry issues and funding initiatives for research and programs that provide members with valuable data and information that assists them in growing their businesses.”

Reasons for Success

Echoing those thoughts is Ken Swanson, President and CEO of Liqui-Box Corp. and former FPA Chairman of the Board. He says, “Marla has done a phenomenal job connecting people and companies to advance the industry and promote the benefits of flexible packaging.”

“Her knowledge of and passion for the flexible packaging industry is evident in the success of the association,” Swanson continues.

Donahue began her tenure as FPA President in 2000. Prior to that, she served as the President of the Paperboard Packaging Council, Vice President of the Foodservice and Packaging Institute and Director of Government Relations for the Can Manufacturer’s Institute. She also served in the George H.W. Bush White House.

FPA has begun the search for Donahue’s replacement, engaging the executive search firm Vetted Solutions.