CHICAGO, Aug. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Berlin Packaging, the world's leading supplier of plastic, glass, and metal containers and closures, today announced that Kenneth Edwards has joined the company as Executive Vice President of Supply Chain. Bringing more than 30 years' experience in procurement and manufacturing across multiple sectors, Edwards' proven supply-chain track record lends itself well to overseeing Berlin's network of more than 900 packaging manufacturers worldwide.
Responsible for all aspects of Berlin Packaging's sourcing and procurement activities, Edwards is tasked with further strengthening and extending Berlin's relationships with domestic and international suppliers with the aim of expanding product options, lowering costs for customers, and assuring quality.
Edwards also champions Berlin Packaging's Quality team, including the proactive consulting offered to strengthen the supply chains of Berlin's customers; manages strategic supplier and product development programs; and oversees Berlin Packaging's ISO 9001 and C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) certifications. Edwards has also joined Berlin Packaging's executive leadership team.
"Ken brings incredible depth to his role as Executive Vice President of Supply Chain and has already started making an impact in how our supply chain contributes to our unique and results-based business model," stated Andrew Berlin, Chairman and CEO of Berlin Packaging. "We are always looking to strengthen our team with the best and brightest minds. The addition of Ken to our team bolsters our mission to grow our customers' bottom lines through packaging products and services."
Prior to joining Berlin Packaging, Edwards worked at spirits company Beam Suntory as VP Global Head of Manufacturing, leading 1,300 employees across all the company's distilling and bottling facilities, and earlier as VP Global Chief Procurement Officer, overseeing all direct and indirect sourcing. Over the course of his accomplished career, Edwards also focused on procurement and operations at Pepsi-Cola General Bottlers, Avon Products, and Zurich Financial Services, where he was the company's Global Head of Procurement and Real Estate.
Edwards holds a degree in Manufacturing Engineering and an M.B.A.
About Berlin Packaging Berlin Packaging is the only Hybrid Packaging Supplier® of plastic, glass, and metal containers and closures. See HybridPackagingSupplier.com and GreaterFaster.com for more on how the company exists to help people and companies excel. With 40,000+ available SKUs, 200+ packaging consultants, and 100+ sales and warehouse locations across North America and Europe, the company has the right products, expertise, and geographic proximity to help customers increase their net income through packaging products and services. Berlin Packaging supplies billions of containers and closures annually as well as warehousing and logistics services for customers of all sizes in all industries. It is the only company in its sector to be ISO 9001 certified, to have Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) certification, and to achieve 99% on-time delivery of its shipments every month for more than 13 years. Related services and specialty product divisions include Studio One Eleven custom packaging and graphic design, Berlin Global sourcing solutions, E3 profit-oriented consulting, Berlin Financial financing for equipment and capital improvements, Berlin Quality advocacy, Dangerous Goods transport, Freund Container & Supply convenience, and Qorpak laboratory supplies.
The company can be reached at 1.800.2.BERLIN or BerlinPackaging.com.