The Glass Packaging Institute (GPI) has appointed Scott DeFife as its President beginning 19th August.

Mr DeFife will spearhead the association in a time of great opportunity, as the glass container industry continues to develop and sharpen its focus in many areas.

Most recently Mr DeFife served as Vice-President of Government Affairs for the Plastics Industry Association where he worked to advance the organisation’s new sustainability advocacy work, including upgrading the U.S. domestic recycling infrastructure.

Prior to that, Scott led federal and state government affairs, as well as communications activity for the National Restaurant Association.

Richard Crawford, GPI Board of Trustees Chairman, said: “Scott has a terrific mix of experience and expertise in the packaging, food and beverage and government arenas.

“His collaboration with industry stakeholders and policymakers will provide tremendous benefit to our member companies and the broader glass packaging industry.

Mr DeFife said about his appointment: “I am honoured by the trust the GPI Board of Trustees has given me with this role, and am excited to represent this great industry, and its member companies.

“Glass has been recognised through history as one of the best packaging materials for many consumer products, and the glass packaging industry has a tremendous story to tell.

“There is incredible opportunity to help our member companies grow the industry in this era of increased attention to sustainable materials and manufacturing in a circular economy.”

The Board of Trustees also expressed the organisation’s gratitude to Joseph Cattaneo, who assisted in the association’s executive search and governance over the past 11 months.