CHICAGO – March 17, 2014 – Coveris, the sixth largest global plastics packaging company, today announced the appointment of Gary Masse as Chief Executive Officer, effective April 14, 2014.
Masse is a seasoned, results-driven leader with more than 25 years of experience in the manufacturing sector, most recently serving as Chief Executive Officer of Precision Partners Inc., a $500 million engineering and manufacturing company. During his tenure, Masse implemented a culture of teamwork and accountability across the businesses, which resulted in 19 percent revenue increase, 38 percent EBTIDA growth and record cash flow.
Immediately prior to Precision, Masse was Group President for Cooper Industries, where he managed the $800 million Cooper Tools global business which had more than 50 percent of its sales outside of the United States. At Cooper, Masse achieved profitable growth through global expansion and expanded margins by implementing lean manufacturing at the operations and back office. Masse has also held executive and senior management positions at Danaher Corporation and General Electric.
“The Board is very pleased that Gary Masse, a proven executive with a strong record of success with global manufacturing businesses, is joining Coveris,” said David Mezzanotte, Managing Director of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., a private investment firm whose affiliate owns the Company. “Gary brings a wealth of experience and we believe his leadership will be valuable for Coveris to continue its growth.”
“I am excited to be joining Coveris, and I look forward to working with our global team to build on previous successes and capture even more opportunities in the global packaging market,” said Masse. “Most importantly, we will continue to focus on providing our customers superior quality and service, innovative solutions, and a broad range of the best products.”
Masse succeeds Jack Knott, who will remain involved with the company as a non-executive director on the Coveris board. “The Board thanks Jack for his contributions as CEO,” added Mezzanotte, “including overseeing the formation of the Company through the combination of five packaging companies in the U.S. and Europe, launching the Coveris brand in 2013 and getting 2014 off to a great start. Our estimated results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2014 show sales up 2-4 percent and EBITDA up 18-20 percent over the prior year.”
With aggregate revenues of more than US$2.8 billion and more than 8,600 employees, Coveris serves its global customers through a manufacturing base spanning North America, Europe, the Middle East and China. Coveris is an affiliated portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners, Inc.
Coveris is the sixth largest global plastic packaging company in the world. Formed by the combination of Exopack, Britton Group, Kobusch, PACCOR and Paragon Print & Packaging, the company is an established leader in the development, manufacture, and sourcing of flexible and rigid plastic and paper packaging, as well as coatings solutions for various consumer and industrial end-use markets. With aggregate revenues of more than US$2.8B, the company manages 64 plants across North America, Europe, the Middle East, and China. Coveris is an affiliated portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners, Inc.
About Sun Capital Partners, Inc.
Sun Capital Partners, Inc. is a pioneer in private equity investing, uniquely combining the financial skills and resources of a traditional private equity firm with the insight and expertise of a world class operating team. The firm focuses on market-leading companies that can benefit from our in-house professionals, resources, and expertise in their efforts to materially improve operating performance. Sun Capital affiliates have invested in more than 335 companies worldwide with combined sales in excess of $45 billion since our inception in 1995. Sun Capital has offices in Boca Raton, Los Angeles and New York, and affiliates in London, Frankfurt, Paris, Luxembourg, Shanghai and Shenzhen. For more information, visit www.SunCapPart.com.
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