Plastics Industry Association announces new executive leadership roles

Washington, DC, United States

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) announced three new executive appointments—Glenn Anderson, vice president, industry relations and member engagement as of April 6; Matt Seaholm, vice president of government affairs; and Brendan Thomas, vice president of advocacy and voice. Both Seaholm's and Thomas' roles take effect on April 15. PLASTICS supports the entire supply chain, advancing sustainability, providing education programs to the industry and public and supporting technology-driven innovations. 

“We are pleased to announce the hiring of these executives as they will further strengthen our operations across various functions and provide support to our members and build on the association’s continued growth,” said PLASTICS President and CEO Tony Radoszewski, CAE. 

As the vice president of industry relations and member engagement, Anderson’s role will focus on leading the development and growth of PLASTICS’ strategic plan. He will oversee PLASTICS’ councils in addition to the sustainability, membership and events teams. With more than 36 years in the plastics industry, Anderson also led the Equipment Council and was officer-at-large for PLASTICS Board of Directors. He also served as the chairman of NPE2018. Anderson was the senior vice president of sales, marketing and product management at Milacron Holdings Corp. During his tenure at Milacron, Anderson served in a variety of senior management and leadership positions for multiple business units and has also been a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association (PPA) since March 2010.

"Glenn has been one of the key players in the plastics industry for more than 30 years,” Radoszewski stated. “From his roles on the machinery side along with his many volunteer contributions within the plastics industry, he knows first-hand the critical issues that impact our members and our industry as a whole. We are pleased to have him join the team.”

Seaholm, who previously served as the executive director of the American Recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance (ARPBA), a self-funded group of PLASTICS, now joins PLASTICS as the vice president of government affairs. Prior to joining ARPBA, Seaholm was a vice president of public affairs for Edelman, one of the largest communications marketing firms in the world. Seaholm began his career working in the Wisconsin State Legislature and has run campaigns and advocacy efforts at the local, state, and national levels. 

“Matt has the political and public affairs leadership skills that are needed to grow our government affairs operations further,” said Radoszewski.

As vice president of advocacy and voice, Thomas will oversee the communications and marketing departments while working closely with the PLASTICS government affairs operation. Since 2014, Thomas has been a communications director for members of the U.S. House of Representatives, directing online marketing, internal and external communications, and public relations. He began his career as a reporter for the New York Sun.  

“With a long record of success in both the public and private sectors, Brendan is a great fit for PLASTICS given his communications knowledge and journalism background,” said Radoszewski.  “His experience on Capitol Hill provides PLASTICS with another highly desirable advantage, which will serve our members well.”

“The insight and experience of our new vice presidents will be extremely valuable. These appointments will help us continue to thrive and grow our initiatives to build an even stronger association.”

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