PlasticsEurope, the pan-European trade association representing plastics manufacturers, has announced the appointment of Virginia Janssens as managing director, effective 16 March 2020. She replaces Karl-H. Foerster, who left the organisation for personal reasons last year at the beginning of September after a tenure of 6 years.
Prior to this appointment, Ms Janssens had been working since 2010 at the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment (EUROPEN), first as EU Affairs Manager and later serving as the managing director of the organization. She acquired considerable experience in the Brussels arena working both as a public affairs and public relations consultant for various clients coming from the environment, food, chemical and energy sectors. Ms Janssens earned a master’s degree in Political & Social Sciences from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium and a second master’s degree in Intercultural Management from the ICHEC Business School in Brussels.
She brings to her new role a deep expertise and experience that are crucial for the future of PlasticsEurope, and a proven track record in advocacy on sustainability-related challenges and value chain collaboration, which is invaluable to deliver on our sustainability goals, alongside our stakeholders”, said Javier Constante, President of PlasticsEurope and Vice-President Dow.