USA – Global flexible packaging supplier, ePac Flexible Packaging has announced the appointment of Virag Patel as CEO, replacing Jack Knott, who stepped down on July 13th, 2023.
Virag Patel, Jack Knott and Carl Joachim were the original co-founders of ePac. During the last seven years, they all performed various roles, however, Virag mainly focused on Operations as ePac’s COO.
Before joining ePac, Virag held various successful leadership positions in procurement, international strategies, marketing, and M&A, mainly with Exopack and subsequently Coveris.
Knott said: “It has been an incredible journey for the three of us as we built ePac around our purpose of helping small and medium-sized businesses compete with high-quality and professional-looking packaging.
“However, as we look to our continued growth geographically and with an expanding product offering such as flat bottom bags, it was time to transition running the business to someone more capable of operating it than my forte of building it. I couldn’t think of a better person to transfer the CEO position to than Virag Patel.”
On his appointment, Patel said: “With the great team ePac has, its continued growth trends, new product lines, and digitization of the ePac model, it couldn’t be a more exciting time to take on the role of CEO and help successfully execute this new phase of our strategy.
“I would like to thank Jack for all of his contributions and look forward to working with him in his Advisory role.”
ePac has been focused on creating an enhanced customer experience to offer every customer a seamless experience around design, art uploads, payment services and ultimately production.
Additionally, the company will be launching its new flat bottom capabilities targeted at the Coffee, Pet Food, Lawn and Garden, as well as Sport Nutrition space.
ePac’s multi-plant, one large platform concept to push jobs between sites allows them to target small to very large customers and maintain their emphasis on short turnaround and quality.
Last month, the company officially opened a new Grade A production facility in Ghana in a bid to expand its operation in West Africa.
ePac established its West Africa division in 2021 and has since used the unit to offer packaging solutions to several customers in the region, including in Nigeria, Senegal, and Zanzibar.
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