Michael O. Okoroafor, Ph.D
Vice President, Global Sustainability and Packaging Innovation, McCormick & Company

Key Insights Driving Global Sustainability And Its Impact on the Future Supply Chain

This presentation will focus on how sustainability imperatives will shape the future of sustainable sourcing and a realigned supply chain for the CPG industry. Special emphasis will be placed on discussing the emerging circular economy and their implications on driving growth while creating healthy communities, consistent with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainability principles driven by McCormick core values and responsive leadership will form the basis for the address.

About the Speaker:

Michael Okoroafor is currently the Vice President of Global Sustainability and Packaging Innovation. In this role he is responsible for the strategic direction, policies, development and execution of agricultural, ingredient, product and packaging sustainability, as well as packaging innovation capabilities globally. Prior to this role, he was VP, Global Packaging Innovation where he was responsible for creating an aligned global packaging function focused on execution of new platforms that drove both innovation and efficiency goals across all business units, and highlighting the importance of packaging as a critical lever for growth. Most of this work culminated in McCormick being named as transformational company of the year by Packaging World. Previously he was Vice President for Packaging R&D at H.J. Heinz Company. In that role he was responsible for setting overall global strategy and direction for the packaging organization, as well as leading the External Innovation Organization across North America. Under his leadership Heinz launched several major packaging initiatives including; Dip N’ Squeeze, the first major change to the condiment pouch in the foodservice industry in over 40 years, which won the 2011 DuPont Award for Packaging Innovation. He led Heinz strategic partnership with Coca Cola to launch PlantBottle™, a revolutionary plastic which is 30% derived from plant. This partnership between Coca Cola and Heinz continues to be a model for collaboration in the CPG industry. His work also culminated in Heinz being named the 2011 Food Packager of the Year.

Mike is a graduate of Executive Development Program at Kellogg Business School, Northwestern University. He also holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Nigeria, a Masters in polymer chemistry from the University of Detroit, and a PhD in organic polymer chemistry from Michigan State University.

He is an inventor with over 40 patents, 35 technical publications and is a contributing author to the “Handbook of Plastic Foams.” He is a member of the American Chemical Society, Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) and Society of Plastics Engineers. He lectures extensively across the globe and is a veteran keynote speaker at major global conferences.


October 26-29, 2017
The Resort at Longboat Key Club
Longboat Key, Fla.

Registration includes two-day seminar program, 3 networking receptions, Friday and Saturday breakfasts, expanded Friday program with lunch, and Saturday night dinner cruise on the Intracoastal Waterway of Sarasota.




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