Plastics Industry Association Announces Top Leadership Appointments

April 27, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) Board of Directors voted on Tuesday to appoint Matt Seaholm to the position of Chief Executive Officer and Glenn Anderson to the position of Chief Operating Officer.

“We are incredibly excited to elevate both of these gentlemen to lead this organization into the future,” said Tad McGwire, Chairman of the PLASTICS Board of Directors“In making Matt our next CEO, the board is indicating how important advocacy and communications are for the plastics industry right now and the role we expect PLASTICS to play as a voice for its member companies. Matt’s extensive experience in this space and vision for where he wants to take this organization made him a great choice to be its next leader.”

Matt Seaholm has served as PLASTICS’ Vice President of Government Affairs for the past two years and prior to that was the Executive Director of the American Recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance at PLASTICS. Before joining the association, Matt was Vice President of Public Affairs at Edelman. He is a veteran of political and policy campaigns, having worked on everything from local ordinance fights to statewide political campaigns to national issue advocacy initiatives. He has been a public voice on behalf of the plastics industry for more than five years, testifying before more than thirty legislative bodies and being interviewed by more than one hundred media outlets.

“I am honored to be given this opportunity to lead the Plastics Industry Association,” Seaholm said. “While the industry has challenges before us, I firmly believe they are outnumbered by the opportunities. The innovation in materials, the investment in technology, and the overall commitment to sustainability give us countless stories to tell. The plastics industry and the people who work in it are essential to society and it is an absolute privilege to be a voice for them.”

Glenn Anderson is currently the Vice President, Member Engagement for PLASTICS and has been in that role since April of 2020. Glenn has been an industry leader for nearly 40 years. Prior to joining PLASTICS, Glenn worked for member company and NPE exhibitor, Milacron LLC (now a division of Hillenbrand) for over 30 years. During his time at Milacron, Glenn held numerous roles and responsibilities including Vice President & General Manager for both their injection & extrusion businesses for the America’s and most recently, as Senior Vice President – Global/Strategic Accounts working with key global customers for all Milacron branded companies including Mold Masters and DME.

“Glenn’s promotion to COO is a reflection of his managerial experience, institutional knowledge, and the broad set of responsibilities he has at PLASTICS,” McGwire said“In his new role, Glenn is going to be integral to the growth of the association, the success of NPE, and a member engagement strategy that gets PLASTICS where it needs to be.”

“I am humbled to be given the opportunity to take on this exciting new role, Anderson said“PLASTICS is now very well positioned to both leverage new and exciting opportunities, as well as meet the difficult challenges the plastics industry faces each and every day.”

PLASTICS has its annual Spring Meeting next week in Chicago, where Seaholm and Anderson will be formally introduced in their new positions.

About Plastics Industry Association

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is the only organization that supports the entire plastics supply chain, representing nearly one million workers in the $395 billion U.S. industry. Since 1937, PLASTICS has been working to make its members and the industry more globally competitive while advancing recycling and sustainability. To learn more about PLASTICS’ education initiatives, industry-leading insights and events, networking opportunities and policy advocacy and the largest plastics trade show in the Americas, NPE: The Plastics Show, visit