WS Packaging Group Names New COO - Dean Wimer

Published Wednesday, 27 July 2016

WS Packaging Group, Inc. announced today it has named Dean A. Wimer as its new chief operating officer (COO). Wimer has extensive experience in the printing and manufacturing industry and a broad background in senior leadership roles. Although he will be based in WS Packaging Group’s Knoxville, Tenn. office, Wimer will have an active and in depth presence in all of the manufacturing locations.

In his new role effective July 1, Wimer will focus on driving company growth, improving operational performance, and implementing corporate wide initiatives to increase efficiencies across WS Packaging’s locations.

Wimer most recently served as president, chief operating officer at Innovairre Communications, a provider of direct mail-based multichannel solutions for agencies and non-profits across the globe. Prior to that, he was vice president of manufacturing for Quad/Graphics, USA, having various responsibilities for multiple facilities throughout Quad/Graphics North American platform.

"Dean has deep experience in the printing industry and is very familiar with all of the presses we operate. He is also a very focused leader that will add immense value to WS Packaging," states Charlie Eitel, WS Packaging Group chief executive officer.

WS Packaging Group, Inc., with 50 years of experience, is one of the largest printing and label converting operations in North America. It operates 18 manufacturing facilities and produces high-quality packaging products. Its customers range in size from small businesses to large, high-volume manufacturers and consumer product goods companies doing business locally, nationally, and in marketplaces worldwide. WS Packaging Group is majority owned by J.W. Childs Associates, L.P. (JWC), a private equity firm based in Boston, Mass., investing in middle-market growth companies. Since 1995, JWC has invested in over 40 companies, with a transaction value of more than $12 billion.

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