PE-backed WS Packaging taps Wimer as CEO

WS Packaging Group, a portfolio company of J.W. Childs Associates LP, has named Dean Wimer as its new CEO. The appointment became effective July 1, 2017. The company’s current CEO Charlie Eitel will become chairman of WS Packaging. Prior to joining WS Packaging, Wimer, who has been the chief operating officer since July 2016, worked at Innovairre Communications where he served as president and COO. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, WS Packaging is a printing and label converting operation.


GREEN BAY, Wis., June 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — WS Packaging Group, Inc., today announced that Dean Wimer has been named chief executive officer effective July 1, 2017, and current CEO Charlie Eitel will take over as the company’s chairman. Wimer has been chief operating officer since July 2016.

“I am proud of the progress that’s been made over the last two years, and look forward to continuing to work with Dean to guide WS Packaging as it moves into its next phase of growth,” said Eitel. “Dean’s extensive experience and broad background makes him the ideal choice to lead this company going forward.”

Prior to joining WS Packaging in 2016, Dean Wimer served as president and chief operating officer at Innovairre Communications. “I look forward to continuing to drive new innovations in printing and packaging technologies at WS Packaging that help add value to our customers’ products,” said Wimer.

About WS Packaging Group
WS Packaging Group, Inc., with more than 50 years of experience, is one of the largest printing and label converting operations in North America. It operates 17 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.