Key Promotions, Changes To Improve Focus On People


NEENAH, Wis...

Menasha Corporation has promoted Ralph Evans, currently Menasha Packaging Company's vice president of human resources, to vice president of human resources, Menasha Corporation and Menasha Packaging Company. In this newly created position, Evans will focus on company-wide personnel development and identify long-term personnel needs for the corporation.

As part of this new focus on Menasha Corporation employees and human resources, Tom Bissell, ORBIS vice president of human resources, will represent corporate-wide personnel matters as part of the Benefits Management Committee. Bissell will join Evans on the committee, providing a valuable link between Menasha Corporation's two largest companies and this key management committee, which is responsible for the oversight and strategic direction of the corporation's benefit plans.

Evans will wear "two hats" in this new position, reporting to Mike Waite, president of Menasha Packaging, and Jim Sarosiek, Menasha Corporation's chief administrative officer. To ensure the corporation has the right support for and focus on human resource strategies, searches are underway to fill two new positions, a Menasha Packaging human resources manager and a corporate human resources manager. These two new positions will focus on the day-to-day human resource needs of Menasha Packaging and the corporation.

In discussing the new initiatives, Art Huge, Menasha Corporation president and CEO, said, "During my listening sessions at each of our companies, employees have discussed a desire for more company-wide personal development opportunities. Ralph's considerable talent and experience in human resources and personnel management will help us develop corporate plans that identify long-term personnel needs. He will also assist me in developing programs that create a sense of what it means to be a Menasha Corporation company, businesses earning the privilege of family ownership."

As part of this move, Menasha Advantage human resource experts Lori Karls, employee benefits manager, and Teea Nys, payroll supervisor, will report to Evans.

Bob Dring, Menasha Corporation's vice president treasurer, has decided to leave Menasha Corporation for a new business opportunity in his home state of Texas. Dring played a significant role in the recent creation of a new Menasha Corporation business, LeveragePoint Media, and assisted in the highly complex sale of Poly Hi Solidur. Because of the importance of Dring's role at the corporate office level and within the corporation, Lea Ann Hammen, director executive compensation, has assumed Corporate Treasurer responsibilities.

"Over the next several months, we will make several other decisions regarding how we will arrange responsibilities in the future, and we will conduct a search for the right people to help us out in these areas," said Huge.