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out the best in our employees so that we can
deliver the best possible products and services
to the market.
FPV: Is there a particular experience that
stands out in your career?
KB: I definitely had some challenging
experiences when I was starting out. Often, I
was the only woman in the room, and I didn't
always feel welcome or taken seriously. I had to
dig deep at times to keep a positive attitude. I
knew that if I persevered-worked twice as hard
and kept my focus on delivering the type of
performance my company was looking for-my
results would speak for themselves. And they
did. Being named CEO of Charter NEX in 2010
was absolutely a high point in my career. And
I'm extremely proud to have successfully led
Charter NEX through three different privateequity ownership transitions during the last
decade, as well as a recent merger in which
we doubled the size of our company to over $1
billion in revenue.
FPV: What are the biggest challenges ahead
for Charter Next Generation?
KB: 2020 will no doubt go down in the history
books as a pretty unusual year. Not only did
our business face a pandemic, we also integrated two companies (Charter NEX and Next
Generation Films) into a single organization
with a new brand identity. Some of the challenges ahead for us include finding ways to
maintain our unique culture even as we grow.
We'll also be challenged to meet the growing
demand for sustainable films through ongoing
innovation.
At CNG, we view challenges as opportunities
in disguise. Five years ago, for example, there
was a lot of skepticism in the industry about
whether a plastic pouch could be recyclable. At
CNG, we took that as a challenge. We started
working on solutions, which we later commercialized as part of our GreenArrow™ portfolio.
FPV: Tell us a little bit about Charter Next
Generation's efforts with sustainability and
your general thoughts on these issues.
KB: Charter Next Generation is absolutely committed to sustainability-in our manufacturing

operations, in our products, and as a partner
to customers looking to develop more sustainable packaging. Through our award-winning
GreenArrow™ portfolio of sustainable films, we
develop flexible packaging that is recyclable,
uses higher volumes of recycled content (PCR),
is compostable, and/or incorporates materials made from renewable resources. In 2019,
EcoVadis ranked us among the top 9% of global
companies in our industry in terms of sustainability. We also achieved major milestones of
diverting more than a million pounds of waste
from landfills and achieving zero waste to landfill at a third Charter Next Generation facility.
In May 2019, I took part in the first-ever Ocean
Plastics Leadership Summit. What I witnessed firsthand on that trip-the effects of plastic waste on
our oceanic ecosystem-left no doubt in my mind
that Charter Next Generation had to do its part to
help address the issue. We joined the Alliance to
End Plastic Waste as a company shortly thereafter.
Our membership in the alliance takes our sustainability commitment to the next level-collaborating
with others in the value chain to create new endof-life solutions for plastic waste.
We have also partnered with Materials Recovery
for the Future to produce a film containing a
PCR resin made from curbside-collected flexible
packaging and we are committed to being a
PCR/Recycling Demand Champion as part of the
Association of Plastic Recyclers.
FPV: How do you relax and recharge
(especially in a year like 2020)?
KB: I think it's easy to get caught up in our
careers, but I've always valued personal growth
as much as professional advancement. I take
time for reflection. And because I'm not traveling as much due to COVID-19, I've had plenty
of opportunities to explore other interests, like
cooking. I'm honing my culinary skills like crazy,
and we're eating healthier as a family. I even
started an herb garden this summer, so I have
ready access to fresh herbs for whatever dish
I'm whipping up. This year has been a master
class in change. You have to embrace what
comes and use it to your advantage.
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