The Plastics Industry Association (PIA) has named Tony Radoszewski, president of the Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI), as its new president and CEO.
Radoszewski is scheduled to assume the helm of the Washington DC-based PIA in mid-September. He takes over from Bill Carteaux, who died after a three-year battle with leukaemia in late 2018. Carteaux had served as PIA president since 2005.
Radoszewski has been involved in the plastics industry for nearly 40 years, including his role of president of the as president of PPI since 2006. He takes over at a time when the group and the industry face major challenges around plastic waste and pollution issues.
Wylie Royce, chairman of the PIA, said the group liked Radoszewski’s combination of business expertise and trade association leadership.
"Here's a guy that's got 25 years of industry experience and then he's got another 13 years of running PPI," Royce said. "He's got amazing passion for the industry. His energy is just through the roof."
Speaking about his appointment, Radoszewski said: “"I am grateful for this opportunity to lead such an important and respected organisation. While I have decades of experience in the plastics industry, I know as I step in to lead the great ... organisation that I have much to learn and I am dedicated to listening to members as a top priority and understanding the opportunities and challenges we have."
Royce, who is director of additives maker Royce Global, also noted the PIA’s appreciation for interim president and CEO, Patty Long, who led the group after Carteaux's death.