Pavel A. Prinko is to take over as head of Vetropack subsidiary JSC Vetropack Gostomel in Ukraine from February 24, 2017.

He will succeed Andriy Girnyk, who has managed the company for 13 years and who will retire.

Andriy Girnyk was in charge of the Ukrainian glassworks before it was acquired by Vetropack in 2006 and played a major role in its integration into the Vetropack Group.

Hi is a qualified chemist and has guided Vetropack Gostomel through challenging financial periods and turned the subsidiary into Ukraine’s largest, most modern glassworks.

It currently has 630 employees and generates net revenues of UAH1,345.5 million (valid as at end of 2015).

“Mr Girnyk has built strong bridges between Ukrainian and Swiss corporate culture, without which we couldn’t have achieved our common goals,” said Vetropack CEO, Claude R. Cornaz.

“We would like to thank him for his many years of excellent cooperation and wish him all the best for the next phase of his life.”

The Vetropack Board of Directors said it was pursuing its strategy of local management by appointing Mr Prinko as General Manager.

Mr Prinko is a Ukrainian native and brings many years of experience in the US packaging and glass industry as well as a sound knowledge of the Ukrainian market.

He has familiarised himself with Vetropack Group and Vetropack Gostomel over the past year to prepare for his new role.