Menasha Corporation Names New President and CEOThursday, August 13, 2009
NEENAH, WI — The Board of Directors of Menasha Corporation announced the appointment of James M. Kotek to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. Kotek, 49, has been President of ORBIS Corporation, the company’s second largest operating division, since 2004. The promotion is effective immediately and Kotek will join the company’s Board of Directors.
“Jim Kotek’s record of business achievements is an excellent match with the challenges and goals of Menasha Corporation,” said Chairman of the Board, Donald C. Shepard, in making the announcement. “He is a talented leader whose commitment to superior operational performance and creating value for customers is unequaled. Under Jim’s leadership, ORBIS Corporation has solidified its position as the leading reusable plastic packaging product and service provider in North America. Jim oversaw the two largest acquisitions in the Corporation’s history – LINPAC Group Limited’s North American material handling business in December 2006 and Norseman Plastics Holdings, Ltd. in October 2008. Both of these acquisitions helped diversify ORBIS’ product lines, strengthened innovative product design and development capabilities and enhance customer relationships.”
Kotek was one of three members appointed by the Menasha Corporation Board of Directors to an Executive Management Committee in May 2009, following the retirement of its president and CEO, Arthur W. Huge. The Committee members assumed general responsibility for the company’s affairs. The other members were Michael K. Waite, President of Menasha Packaging, the Corporation’s largest operating division, and Thomas M. Rettler, the Corporation’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Menasha Corporation is also the parent company of Cortegra Group and LeveragePoint Media.
Kotek said, “I am honored to become Menasha Corporation’s president and CEO during a time in which the company has many opportunities to build on our hallmarks of operational excellence, innovation and exceptional customer care and service. Despite the difficult economic times we have faced recently, Menasha Corporation’s competitive position is stronger than it has been for many years. This is an exciting time in the Corporation’s history and I look forward to implementing strategies that will provide a platform for continued growth and value for all of our stakeholders.”
Kotek holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in business administration from Marquette University. He was with Arthur Andersen & Co. from 1982 to 1991. Kotek joined ORBIS Corporation as Controller in 1991 and has held successive positions with the company since that time. ORBIS Corporation is headquartered in Oconomowoc, Wisc.
About Menasha Corporation
Menasha Corporation is a packaging, logistics and marketing services company based in Neenah, Wisconsin. Established in 1849, it is one of America’s oldest privately held manufacturing companies and specializes in corrugated packaging, and high-quality point-of-purchase displays, plastic returnable packaging, in-store consumer promotion and pharmaceutical labeling and packaging. The company has more than 3,600 employees in facilities in North America. Visit its web site at www.menasha.com.