Berry Global names Kevin Kwilinski new CEO

Written on: August 16, 2023 by SprayTM

Berry Global Group, a supplier of packaging solutions for consumer goods and industrial products, has named Kevin Kwilinski as CEO, effective October 2, 2023. In connection with this appointment, Stephen Sterrett, Lead Independent Director, has been appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors, also effective on October 2, 2023. As previously announced, Tom Salmon will retire from his roles as CEO and Chairman, and he will remain with the company through the end of the calendar year in an advisory capacity to ensure a smooth transition.


Kwilinski brings to Berry nearly three decades of experience in the packaging industry. He currently serves as President and CEO of Multi-Color Corporation, a global provider of label solutions. Prior to that, he served as CEO of Fort Dearborn Company, a supplier of decorative labels for the beverage, food, household products, nutraceutical, paint and coatings sectors, which merged with Multi-Color in July 2021. Kwilinski previously served as CEO of Paperworks Industries.

In a statement, Sterrett called Kwilinski a proven leader who knows the industry well. “He has spent the last 15 years serving as the CEO of companies within the packaging space and, as an Indiana native, he understands the importance of Berry Global to the State,” Sterrett said.

Kwilinski added, “The efforts that Tom and the team have made over the last several years to pivot Berry’s portfolio into higher-growth markets, including food service, health and beauty, dispensing and pharmaceuticals, have created a strong foundation for future growth, and I am eager to capitalize on the opportunities ahead.”


While thanking Salmon for his leadership, Sterrett shared, “Since first joining Berry nearly 20 years ago, he has been instrumental to the company’s growth, and we wish him well in his retirement.”

Added Salmon, “It has been a privilege to lead Berry’s talented employees as CEO for the past six years, and I am extremely proud of the many accomplishments achieved by the Berry team during my tenure.”