Chris Nothnagle

Senior Director of Corporate Marketing, Toray Plastics

I have more than 30 years of experience in the packaging industry and possess extensive product and process knowledge for oriented polypropylene and oriented polyethylene films. I have been working at Toray for nearly five years. My role is Senior Director Corporate Marketing and responsibilities include New Business Development, Brand Management, and leading Toray’s Sustainability Team.

Prior to joining Toray, I worked at ExxonMobil Chemical as a Senior Development Engineer, Product Manager, and Market Development Manager. During that 28-year tenure I was fortunate to have several European assignments.

I hold a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University and completed a double major in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry.

I enjoy running, skiing, and golf and am married with two adult children.

Why do you want to serve on the SPC Executive Committee?

Toray recognizes that there are issues with plastic packaging, including flexible packaging, particularly litter and inadequate or non-existent recycling infrastructure. Working with major brand owners, MRFs, state and local government, and others has made it evident that there is serious need to educate people and clarify the role of plastics, both positive and negative, as the world strives for a circular economy.

Misguided programs and ineffective legislation will only slow progress. That was evident here in Rhode Island when I participated with the Governor’s Task Force to Tackle Plastics. Even a simple bag ban resulted in the dissemination of a tremendous amount of incorrect information and caused widespread confusion. Toray’s participation led to a consensus on a proposal after ten years of government failure.

I believe well-educated consumers and manufacturers will take the necessary actions to create a better future for all, and that plastics will be part of the solution.

My desire is to work collaboratively with the Executive Committee to ensure the SPC functions as a catalyst for change and is recognized as an organization that is relied upon for leadership.