Michael Newman

Returnity Innovations


Mike is considered one of the leading experts in the transformation of logistics platforms from single-use to circularity, reducing the mountains of plastics and corrugated cardboard entering our waste stream while saving millions in packaging expenses. He received his MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Over the last 20+ years he has worked at the intersection of supply chain and sustainability; he directed the Sierra Club’s political operations in 20 states and built e-waste programs which saved millions of used cell phones from landfills for companies such as Verizon, AT&T, Walmart, and Best Buy during his tenure as the Sales and Marketing Vice President for ReCellular.  A serial entrepreneur, he has founded three companies and built and launched technology products that have been distributed to millions of consumers. He brings a unique range of leadership experience to the table, including being elected president of a labor union and working in Nairobi advising a non-profit making footwear made from used tires. He has a true passion for starting and growing companies and developing partnerships with companies like Wal-Mart, Target and Verizon. He has leveraged his unique insight to effectively implement successful programs that balance sustainability with consumer and financial targets, empowering companies’ supply chain and purchasing teams to adopt innovative new packaging models and thereby easing the shift to the new circular economy. Today, he serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Returnity Innovations, the pioneer in the elimination of single use shipping packaging, empowering the systems necessary for companies to move toward a circular model.