Our People

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Jamestrong History and Ownership
Jamestrong History and Ownership

Experienced experts
ready to help.

We’re lucky to have some of the best in the business as part of our team. They’re always available to answer queries or discuss packaging solutions, so please don’t hesitate to contact them.

Alex Commins

CEO

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Alex joined Jamestrong Packaging in September 2017 as CEO. He has over 25 years’ experience in the packaging industry, with broad business experience and strong networks in both private and public environments. He has been involved with M&A, industry and company restructure activity, strategy, sales and new business development and investor relations. He leads a team of our dedicated specialists in Australia and New Zealand.

Andrew Buchan

General Manager Technical and Research & Development

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Andrew has extensive can making knowledge and experience in both operational and technical areas. He’s played a key role in Jamestrong Packaging since 2002 heading up Improvement and Operations and Technical. He’s led most of the major capital projects including plant relocations and selection and installation of infrastructure. He uses his extensive global network of contacts in materials, equipment and can making processes to help give our customers a competitive edge.

Eyal Vitkin

ANZ Supply Chain & Procurement Manager

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Eyal has been with Jamestrong since 2008. Prior to that he spent seven years working in NZ in Supply Chain Management roles, predominantly in the packaging industry but also as consultant to Coca Cola Amatil. He has broad business experience, a strong IT background and has been heavily involved in ERP implementations, assimilation and business process improvement in a wide range of businesses.

Gary Tobin

General Manager - HSE & People

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Gary has over 30 years’ extensive business experience heading up several businesses units in senior management positions with top tier business such as Toll Logistics, Asciano/Patrick, Boeing and ICI/Orica. Gary’s blend of business experience and knowledge means he works closely with our business leaders and employees, aligning our business strategy and values with our people, building and organisational capability, creating a safe and compliant work environment.

Henk Westerveld

Group ICT Manager ANZ

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Henk joined Jamestrong as the Group ICT Manager for ANZ in 2018, following a diverse range of operational and management roles spanning 25 years in Information and Technology industries. Henk is passionate about effective communication and operational excellence, with over 15 years experience in SOx and ITIL governance frameworks and a broad range of ICT skills and experience across enterprise technologies.

John Holmes

General Manager – Nutrition NZ

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John joined our team in 2018 as General Manager of Nutrition NZ. Prior to that John spent over 25 years in high speed manufacturing plants including Commercial Print, Flexible Packaging and most recently the Folding Carton Industry. Comfortable on the Factory Floor and in the Boardroom he enjoys the challenges associated with the type of decision-making that inspires both innovation and team work.

John Lovett

Divisional General Manager - Food Can

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John joined Jamestrong Packaging in 2018, with a background of over 30 years in senior roles in the plastics manufacturing industry in General Manager and Plant Manager roles. He applies his extensive experience leading the operations at the Food Can Plant in King Street and the Components Plant in Hanui Road Hastings. He’s had in depth involvement with off shore technical and commercial partners and served for over 20 years on industry related and tertiary advisory committees.

John Tarrant

General Manager Milperra & Taree

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John joined Jamestrong in 2015. He brings more than 25 years’ experience in the Australian Packaging Industry, having started his career in sales and marketing at Orica Australia and subsequently in General Management roles at Viscount Plastics since 1998. John is the current Vice President of the Australian Aerosol Association of Australia.

Simon Deppeler

Finance Director

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Simon joined Jamestrong Packaging in September 2009. He was appointed Finance Director in January 2018 after previously holding the position of Group Financial Controller. Simon has over 20 years’ experience in the finance sector and has been heavily involved in company investment and restructuring projects, strategic management, and corporate reporting and taxation.

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