FEVE – the European Container Glass Federation has elected Verallia Group Chairman and CEO Michel Giannuzzi as its new President for the 2019-2021 term of office.

Mr Giannuzzi succeeds Johan Gorter, CEO of Ardagh Glass Europe.

Commenting on his new role, Mr Giannuzzi said:
“Our industry has a unique opportunity right now: as packaging is under scrutiny by consumers for its sustainability and healthy credentials. The glass industry is perfectly positioned to respond to customer and regulatory requirements leveraging the benefits of the Circular Economy.

“As we move towards a more sustainable future, we have a great opportunity to continue innovating glass production. We are determined to further reduce our industry’s environmental footprint, increase quantity and quality of recycled glass, and continue to design new packaging solutions that provide value to our customers and their brands”.

He added: “In my role as President, building on the excellent job done by my colleague Johan Gorter, I want to convey enthusiasm and energy, and further promote sustainability goals, technology innovation, customer proximity and consumer engagement”.

Its executive team made the decision at its Annual General Assembly held on June 19 2019 in Brussels. Vitaliano Torno, President of O-I Europe, has been elected Vice-President of FEVE.

Mr Torno said: “Our customers thrive on glass as the most sustainable packaging solution. Led by the knowledge and ambition of our industry’s employees, we are innovating to help our customers build their precious and renowned brands and become valued partners as well as sustainable producers.

“I am determined to move the glass industry forward and promote the benefits of glass.”