CMI promotes Scott Breen to Senior VP of Sustainability

Written on: December 7, 2023 by SprayTM

Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) has promoted Scott Breen to Senior VP of Sustainability, effective January 2, 2024. Currently VP of Sustainability, Breen heads the association’s sustainability and recycling efforts; upon his promotion, he will lead the industry’s sustainability policy, infrastructure and communications efforts.


Breen started with CMI in July 2019 and has focused on the association’s vision for the metal can to be recognized as a sustainable package. A frequent speaker and coalition builder in the sustainability space, Breen has facilitated several initiatives to advance the metal can industry’s sustainability performance. 

“Scott has elevated the metal can industry’s sustainability profile throughout the value chain,” said CMI Chairman Thomas Fischer, Crown Holdings VP of Investor Relations & Corporate Affairs.

Added CMI President Robert Budway, “Scott effectively articulates how the attributes of the metal can make it the sustainable solution.”

Budway continued, “His extensive knowledge about sustainability and the circular economy, along with his analytic ability and facilitation prowess, create new energy to effectively fortify the sustainability narrative and further communicate the metal can’s sustainability superiority.”

Prior to joining CMI, Breen was the Associate Manager of the Sustainability & Circular Economy Program at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. He is also the creator and co-host of the Sustainability Defined podcast. Breen began his career as an attorney-advisor at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.

“It is an honor to lead the sustainability program within the metal can industry and tell the story about the most sustainable package,” said Breen on his promotion.

“This position allows me to further the industry’s sustainability profile by facilitating initiatives and actions that drive continued advances in the metal package’s sustainability profile.”

Breen graduated magna cum laude from his undergraduate program, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political economy from Georgetown University, and his joint graduate program, a Juris Doctor and Master of Public Affairs & Social Entrepreneurship Certificate from Indiana University.