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Guenther Hering, FPA's treasurer, offers an international
perspective, having been born and raised in Germany and
starting his career there. A job-rotation program took him
to North Carolina 26 years ago with Henkel Corp., where
he is vice president, Flexible Packaging NA.
" I have been working for Henkel 31 years now and
spent all this time in the flexible packaging industry, " he
says. " After only working for five years in the Henkel
HQ in Duesseldorf doing business development and
moving into a regional sales manager responsibility
for some European countries and overseas countries
afterward, the career opportunity was presented to move
to North America. "
The experience, responsibilities, and opportunities
have been enormous, Hering says. The career has
offered him an opportunity to see how business is done
in Europe, as well as North America. 
" Looking back, it is kind of funny that this industry was never on my radar when I was younger and
considering my future career, " Hering adds. " I liked the
job responsibilities, but I had no idea about the industry.
Over the next 30 years I learned to love this industry. "
Henkel was one of the first companies to push
environmentally friendly adhesive technology for
lamination. It also focused on food-safety aspects of the
chemistry. Those efforts make him proud, he says. 
" One of the biggest challenges as a leader in this
industry is to attract and develop the next generation
of industry experts, " Hering says. " This is an important
part of industry leadership these days, especially with
young and talented people having many 'hip' career
choices. I believe this industry offers many opportunities and great future careers. "
Chemists and packaging engineers can help create the
next generation of packaging and see their work every
time they go shopping, he points out. " Equipment is
changing, manufacturing processes are changing, materials are being replaced, " he continues. " The industry is
entering into a phase of even larger changes and exciting
innovation requirements. "  
At the same time, many of the long-term leaders and
workers are at or nearing retirement age, which is an issue
that other industries are facing, too. That means that senior
leaders are in positions to help guide future generations. 
" This is a great opportunity to share some of the
knowledge and participate in some mentorship programs, " Hering says. For the younger generations, that
dynamic emphasizes the potential. " They can benefit
from future openings in senior level positions. "

ABOUT THE EMERGING
LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
The Emerging Leadership Council-
follow it #FPAemergingleaders-has
identified several strategic goals:
*	 Educating youth on the purpose and
benefits of flexible packaging;
*	 Recruiting, attracting, and retaining
talent within the industry;
*	 Leadership development, with firsthand experience driving critical
objectives set by the FPA; and
*	 Advocacy and collaborative promotion of innovative and sustainable
solutions to key external stakeholders.
The council has created videos discussing the various workforce efforts, as
well as the industry's response to the
pandemic and sustainability, that can be
found on the FPA website and YouTube.

Thomas A. Barstow is senior editor of FlexPack VOICE™.
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