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FLEX

FOCUS

™

A CLOSER LOOK AT
KATHY BOLHOUS

Each issue, FlexPack VOICE™ hosts a questionand-answer segment with an industry leader. In
this issue, we interview Kathy Bolhous, CEO of
Charter Next Generation and the 2021-2022 chair
of the Flexible Packaging Association. Bolhous
was born in Mishawaka, Indiana-the ninth of
10 children in a blue-collar family. She has more
than three decades of experience in plastics
manufacturing, including senior leadership
roles at Appleton Paper, Cascade Engineering,
and Magna-Donnelly. In 2010, she was named
CEO of NEX Films-a specialty film supplier to
the food, consumer, industrial, and health care
industries. The company later became Charter
NEX. Over 10 years, she led Charter NEX through
significant organic growth, as well as several
transformational acquisitions, including the
merger with Next Generation Films in 2019. The
combined company, now known as Charter Next
Generation, currently operates 12 manufacturing
facilities across the U.S. She has been a board
member at FPA since 2011.
FlexPack Voice™: Tell us a little bit about
yourself.
Bolhous: The " Midwest work ethic " was
ingrained in me at a young age. I always
believed hard work and perseverance could take
me anywhere. After high school, I put myself
through Hope College-a liberal arts school in
Holland, Michigan-where I earned a Bachelor of
Arts in Business Administration/Communication.

KATHY BOLHOUS,
CEO, CHARTER NEXT
GENERATION

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F l e x P a c k V O I C E TM

FlexPackVOICE.com

FPV: What do you see as your main
responsibilities and duties as a leader?
KB: I have several responsibilities as a leader:
defining the strategic course (or vision) for
the company and steering us in that direction;
setting the tone for our culture, or how we
do things; and empowering our people to do
their jobs, including removing any obstacles to
success. My ultimate goal is to inspire-bring


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FPA – January February 2021

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FPA – January February 2021 - 1
FPA – January February 2021 - 2
FPA – January February 2021 - 3
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FPA – January February 2021 - 10
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