Meet Our Executive Leadership Team
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Michael Grebe, Executive Chairman of the Board
Michael Grebe serves as executive chairman of the board of Berlin Packaging.
Grebe served as a director of Berlin Packaging since April 2019, and has a strong track record in senior operating and executive roles. From 1998 to 2016, he served in various leadership positions at Interline Brands, rising to chairman and CEO. During his career at the company, revenues grew from $100 million to $1.7 billion.
Prior to joining Interline, Grebe served in leadership roles with Airgas, Inc and IPCO Safety, Inc., where he was President. Mr. Grebe is also a director of SRS Distribution, Inc., Access Information Management, Inc., the Baptist Health System, and Sterling Talent Solutions.
He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and served as a U.S. Naval Officer.
John Zimmerman, Interim Chief Executive Officer
John Zimmerman serves as the interim chief executive officer of Berlin Packaging.
Having had an extensive career in senior finance and operating roles, Zimmerman’s experience includes chief financial officer and main board director of Tomkins PLC, a $5 billion global engineering and manufacturing group, which was a member of the London Stock Exchange’s FTSE 100 Index and was also listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Zimmerman is a director of The Imagine Group and Safe Fleet and serves as a senior advisor to the Oak Hill Capital funds.
He is a Chartered Accountant (S.A.) and earned a B.Com. (Hons) degree from the University of Cape Town.
Rick Brandt, Chief Commercial Officer
Rick Brandt serves as the chief commercial officer for Berlin Packaging responsible for the commercial strategy for the entire organization, including managing a team of 150 sales representatives and mangers.
During Brandt’s 20 years with Berlin Packaging, revenues have increased from just over $100 million to $1.4 billion in 2018. A respected packaging industry veteran, he has been integral to the company’s multi-year track record of commercial success and sustained organic growth
Brandt previously served as the national sales manager for Avery Denison.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University.
Emily Campbell, Chief Marketing Officer
Emily Campbell serves as chief marketing officer for Berlin Packaging, where she is responsible for leading the global marketing organization and the eCommerce division.
Prior to Berlin, Campbell served in leadership roles at Arrow Electronics, an enterprise computing solutions business with 2018 sales of $29.7 billion. Her last role was the head of global marketing and digital innovation. Prior to that, she led the eCommerce business as the senior director and general manager of Global eCommerce.
Campbell also has vast experience in the enterprise computing industry from 17 years at Dell and Compaq, in addition to her leadership roles at other industry-leading technology companies.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and international business from the University of Colorado.
Tom Culhane, Chief Human Resources Officer
Tom Culhane is the chief human resources officer for Berlin Packaging and leads the company’s human resources (HR) strategies, operations, technologies, and business partnerships.
Culhane joined Berlin in 2017 from Grainger, having served as a vice president of HR for the global enterprise and a member of the executive HR leadership team. Prior to joining Grainger, Culhane served in multiple HR leadership roles including Owens Corning as vice president of human resources for the building materials group.
He holds executive education certifications in human resources from Cornell University, The University of Michigan, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University.
Amath Fall, Chief Financial Officer
Amath Fall serves as the chief financial officer (CFO) for Berlin Packaging. He is responsible for leading the company’s global finance organization.
Prior to joining Berlin Packaging, Fall served as CFO for several highly successful private equity-backed distribution companies, including CFO and member of the executive leadership team for FleetPride, a $1.3 billion-dollar distributor of aftermarket heavy-duty truck and trailer parts.
Fall holds a master’s degree in economics and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Nebraska. He holds multiple certifications including CPA, CMA, CFM, CRFA and CGMA.
Robert Goldberg, Executive Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Chief Legal Officer
Robert Goldberg serves as executive vice president of strategic partnerships and chief legal officer. He leads all strategic partnership initiatives for the company, including global mergers and acquisitions and all legal matters, including corporate governance, compliance, and risk management. He also leads Berlin Packaging’s custom tooling division.
Prior to joining Berlin Packaging, Goldberg served in business development and general counsel roles for two private equity platforms in Asia. Goldberg was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, a leading international law firm, where he advised on over $5 billion of transactions.
Goldberg is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University of School of Law. He received his J.D. from New York University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois.
Chris Hiller, Vice President of Digital Strategy
Chris Hiller serves as vice president of digital strategy for Berlin Packaging. He is responsible for BerlinPackaging.com and manages the ecommerce team, catalog operations, product selection, and digital strategy.
Hiller joined Berlin Packaging in 2005 as the general manager of Freund Container and Supply, the company’s division for convenience quantities of packaging, and was responsible for driving profitable business growth and significant expansion of the online business.
Prior to joining Berlin Packaging, Hiller owned Dynapaq, where he designed, developed and sourced premium affinity kits, garnering product placement at Home Depot and other large commercial distributors. He spent 12 years at McMaster-Carr in various leadership roles.
Hiller served in the US Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division and participated in Operation Desert Shield and Storm.
Scott Jost, Vice President of Innovation and Design
Scott Jost serves as the vice president of innovation & design for Berlin Packaging. He is responsible for leading the design, innovation, and engineering functions at Berlin and managing the Studio One Eleven design division.
Jost has over 30 years’ experience teaching and leading teams at innovation consultancies in the US and UK, serving a client base that spans disrupters in their startup phases to Fortune 50 firms. Since joining Berlin Packaging in 2003, Jost has grown Studio One Eleven from a two-person internal service group to an internationally recognized team of industrial designers, branding designers, engineers, market researchers, and brand strategists.
Jost holds undergraduate degrees in technical illustration from St. Louis College, Industrial Design from Purdue University, and a dual-MBA in Marketing Management and Corporate Strategy from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Jost is a named inventor on multiple domestic and foreign utility and design patents.
Mark Lobring, Vice President of Supply Chain
Mark Lobring is the vice president of supply chain for Berlin Packaging, where he is responsible for the entire supply chain organization, including domestic and international procurement as well as the quality service division.
Lobring spent 20 years at Procter & Gamble, serving in various senior roles, including associate director global packaging purchasing, where he was responsible for a material spend of $3 billion and associate director global flexible packaging and labels
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Miami University in marketing.
Rick Rover, Chief Operating Officer
Rick Rover is the chief operating officer at Berlin Packaging, where he is responsible for all company operations including leadership of the company’s 24 distribution centers, customer service, information technology, and logistics.
Prior to joining Berlin Packaging, Rover served as vice president of operations at DHL eCommerce. As the founder and senior vice president for Streamlite, a premier packaging shipping service, he grew the company from zero to $200 million in revenue. Prior to that, Rover spent time at another startup package shipping company and as a consultant with Accenture.
Rover holds a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.