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PE-owned WS Packaging Group taps Eitel for CEO

WS Packaging Group, a portfolio company of J.W. Childs Associates LP, has named Charlie Eitel as CEO. The appointment becomes effective April 1, 2015. Eitel, who is succeeding Fred Tinsley, has been on the company’s board of directors since May 2014. His previous work experience includes leadership roles at The Simmons Bedding Company, Interface Inc and Collins & Aikman Floorcoverings. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, WS Packaging is a printing and label converting operation.


GREEN BAY, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–WS Packaging Group, Inc. has announced today that Charlie Eitel is appointed CEO effective April 1, 2015. Eitel joins the company in an operating role after having served on the company’s Board of Directors since May 2014. Over the course of his career, Mr. Eitel has held leadership positions with The Simmons Bedding Company (Chairman, Vice Chairman & CEO), Interface, Inc. (President & CEO), and Collins & Aikman Floorcoverings (President & CEO). Mr. Eitel also serves on the Board of Directors of Mattress Firm (NASDAQ: MFRM), Duke Realty Corporation (NYSE: DRE), and American Fidelity Assurance Corporation. Charlie Eitel replaces Fred Tinsey who has left the company to pursue other opportunities. “I very much look forward to getting to know our customers on a personal level and all of our associates throughout our network,” said Mr. Eitel.

“We are very pleased to have Charlie in place for the next phase of the company’s growth,” said WS Packaging Group Chairman, Art Byrne. “Charlie is an accomplished executive with a long track record of growing manufacturing businesses through a core focus on the customer. His experience will be highly complementary to WS Packaging’s industry-leading innovations, strategic capital investments, and lean-centered principles that work to deliver innovative, cost-effective solutions to our customers. We thank Fred Tinsey for his service to the company and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

WS Packaging Group, Inc., with more than 45 years of experience, is one of the largest printing and label converting operations in North America. It operates 18 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.