"The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there." John Buchan


Earthfirst® Biopolymer Films' Leadership Team, both in the US and Belgium, consists of industry leaders from the polymer sciences, film manufacturing, packaging, packaging machinery, printing, and business finance sectors.
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George Thomas
George Thomas
CEO

Mr. Thomas has over 40 years in the packaging industry operating businesses for Rexam, The Mead Corporation, PaperPak Products, and Ampac Packaging Corp. prior to joining Earthfirst® Biopolymer Films in 2012 as President and CEO.

Tom Bowden
Tom Bowden
Chief Operating Officer

Tom Bowden is an accomplished business leader with extensive experience in flexible and rigid packaging industries. Tom is responsible for all global manufacturing operations, R&D and supply chain management. Prior to joining Earthfirst® Biopolymer Films, Bowden held senior leadership positions in ProAmpac’s Flexibles Division, Berry Plastics Specialty Films Division, and most recently at Anchor Packaging. He is a graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering.

Bart DeKeyser
Bart DeKeyser
Managing Director

Bart DeKeyser has more than 30 years of experience in finance and general management.  Prior to joining Earthfirst® Biopolymer Films in 2004, he held positions with Arthur Andersen and ConocoPhillips.  He is currently managing the European & ROW division of Earthfirst® Biopolymer Films. 

Günther Winnerl
Günther Winnerl
Chief Commercial Officer

Günther Winnerl is based in Germany managing the Strategic Global Business Development of key Earthfirst® Biopolymer Films accounts. He has 15 years of experience in Business Development and Commercial Operations in the plastic films industry and was most recently Head of Sales Specialty Films at Bayer MaterialScience and Covestro AG.  Guenther has an MBA of Science from Landshut University of Applied Sciences.

Christine Schaefer
Christine Schaefer
Global Marketing Director

Chris Schaefer is a tenured Marketing leader with a career built in the flexible packaging industry. Chris is the Director of Marketing for Earthfirst® Biopolymer Films including thin gauge bio-based sealant films with global responsibility for Europe’s Sidaplax operation. Prior to joining Earthfirst® Biopolymer Films, Chris held senior market development positions covering N. America and Europe. As a descendant of Montana ranchers, Chris grew up composting for the family’s organic garden and is passionate about green pursuits.

David Szink
David Szink
Director of Sales - The Americas

David Szink has 20 years of experience in the flexible packaging industry. Prior to joining Earthfirst® Biopolymer Films, Dave held positions at RKW North America and Michelman. He is currently Director of Sales for the Americas at Earthfirst® Biopolymer Films and provides extensive knowledge of his flexible packaging expertise. 

Soheila Salehi-Schneider
Soheila Salehi-Schneider
Director Sales & Marketing EMEA & ROW

Soheila Salehi-Schneider has 25 years of Commercial and Technical experience within the packaging industry. Prior to joining Earthfirst® Biopolymer Films, Soheila held successive global leadership positions, most recently at Infiana. She is currently the Director Sales & Marketing EMEA & ROW at Earthfirst® Biopolymer Films.

Harvi Basko
Harvi Basko
Vice President - Finance and Information Technology

Harvi is responsible for advancing information technology, data analytics, and finance by leading the implementation of transformative and innovative technical solutions. Prior to joining Earthfirst® Biopolymer Films by PSI, Harvi served 12 years in leadership roles in automotive manufacturing and healthcare. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering and an MBA with a focus on corporate finance and project management.

Ed Tweed
Ed Tweed
Director of R&D and New Product Development

Edward C. Tweed has 44 years with Earthfirst® Biopolymer Films in a number of international manufacturing and R&D roles and developed/patented a number of PLA products. He is currently the Global Director of R&D and Product Development. 

Brenda Hammond
Brenda Hammond
Senior Director Human Resources

Brenda Hammond has over 20 years experience in Human Resource management.  Prior to joining Earthfirst® Biopolymer Films in 2017, Brenda held HR leadership positions in non-profit, footwear manufacturing and glass manufacturing.  She is currently the Senior Director of Human Resources for the Americas at Earthfirst® Biopolymer Films.

Denis Vynckier
Denis Vynckier
Operations Manager

Denis Vynckier started his career with Earthfirst® Biopolymer Films in 1989.  He has held the positions of QA and TS Manager prior to becoming the Operations Manager for Europe in 1996. 

Martin Debaets
Martin Debaets
Sales & Marketing Manager

Martin Debaets has over 35 years of experience in sales.  Prior to joining Earthfirst® Biopolymer Films in 1989 he held positions with Danneels Business Office, and Lannoo Printers & Publishers.  He is currently the Sales & Marketing Manager EMEAA (Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia) at Sidaplax, the European & ROW-division of Earthfirst® Biopolymer Films by PSI.

Wendy Persy
Wendy Persy
Finance Manager - Sidaplax

Wendy Persy has 17 years of experience in finance.  Prior to joining Sidaplax VOF in 2016, she held positions with Paxar Benelux and the American Clothing Distribution Co.  She is currently the Finance Manager for the European Operations of Earthfirst® Biopolymer Films.

Saskia Smessaert
Saskia Smessaert
Customer Service and Sales Support Team Manager - Sidaplax

Saskia Smessaert has over 20 years experience in Customer Service and Logistics.  Prior to joining Earthfirst® Biopolymer FilmsSidaplax in 2013, she held positions with Cooper Standard Automotive and Solideal.  She is currently managing the Customer Service and Sales Support team in Earthfirst® Biopolymer Films by Sidaplax.