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OAKLAND, Calif.–Ecologic Brands (“Ecologic”), an award-winning designer & manufacturer of paper bottles, is pleased to announce the appointment of Chief Executive Officer, Ira J. Maroofian.
“The Ecologic team has pioneered the development of the sustainable packaging industry”
Widely recognized as a leader in the packaging industry for managing fast-growth companies, Ira will focus on scaling operations and accelerating the growth of Ecologic Brands.
Julie Corbett, Founder of Ecologic, welcomes the new addition. “Consumers are becoming increasingly conscious of the environmental impact associated with packaging waste, and there is a shift in demand for alternatives beyond plastic bottles. Ecologic must act aggressively to capture a growing share of this market. Ira’s leadership and track record of delivering business growth through both strategy and execution complements Ecologic’s readiness to scale. I look forward to working with Ira in delivering brands and consumers with more paper bottles.”
Ira brings over 30 years of leadership in manufacturing industries, including over 15 years of success in the packaging industry. Most recently, he was the Managing Director of Seda North America, Inc. where he helped establish and grow the US operation of a global packaging company. Prior to joining Seda, he was president and COO of PWP Industries (“PWP”), which was acquired by Pactiv in 2010. As President of PWP, Ira led growth from $1.5 million to $143 million in revenue, as well as the build of three Greenfield manufacturing plants. After the acquisition of PWP, he continued as Vice President of Pactiv to assist with post-merger integration. Ira has a Master of Mechanical Engineering degree from Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.
“The Ecologic team has pioneered the development of the sustainable packaging industry,” said Nancy Pfund, a Director of the Board and Managing Partner of DBL Investors. “As demand grows, Ecologic is poised to move its products, technology and services into the mainstream and continue this leadership. Ira’s background as a can-do operator and sales and marketing innovator will put Ecologic at the front of the pack in this market transformation.”
“The Ecologic team has done an impressive job of taking paper bottles from concept to commercialization,” said Ira. “This is the right packaging innovation happening at the right time, and I look forward to building on this momentum.”
About Ecologic Brands, Inc.
Ecologic Brands is an Oakland, California-based designer and manufacturer of paper bottles. Made from recycled cardboard, the award-winning eco.bottle® provides brands and people with a choice in packaging that the Earth can live with. See the future of packaging at www.ecologicbrands.com.