Constantia Flexibles appoints Pim Vervaat as CEO

Vervaat succeeds Alexander Baumgartner

Pim Vervaat joins Constantia as CEO from the RPC Group Photo Constantia
Pim Vervaat joins Constantia as CEO from the RPC Group Photo Constantia

Global flexible packaging major Constantia Flexibles has appointed Pim Vervaat as CEO of the company. He took charge on 1 July 2020 and succeeds Alexander Baumgartner.

Vervaat joins Constantia Flexibles after a successful career at RPC Group, which he joined in 2007 as CFO, led as CEO between 2013 and 2019, and turned into a global design and engineering business in plastic products, quadrupling its sales to circa €4 billion.

Josselin de Roquemaurel, executive vice-president at Wendel and chairman of the supervisory board of Constantia Flexibles, said, “We are very pleased about the arrival of Pim Vervaat, who will bring a rich and successful leadership experience and help develop the company into a world’s leading supplier of sustainable, flexible packaging to the consumer and pharmaceutical industries. The Board of Constantia wishes to thank Alexander Baumgartner sincerely for his high level of commitment and excellent contributions and wish him well for his future endeavors.”

Vervaat said he would be working with the Constantia team to improve the business performance and strengthen the company’s position as one of the world’s leading flexible packaging businesses. Constantia Flexibles is the world’s third-largest producer of flexible packaging. It employs some 8,400 employees at 39 sites in 16 countries.

Constantia has become a significant player in India in recent years with the acquisition of two flexible packaging groups and several plants. In addition, it has built Constantia Ecoflex, a new plant in Ahmedabad for sustainable PE-based packaging claimed to the first of its kind in the world.

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