Paul Nowak


I have worked in the packaging industry for more than twenty five years across operations, sales and brand development. I am a student of the industry and nerd out on discovering new ways to innovate for our customers.

In 2013, I came to QuadPackaging with the acquisition of Proteus Packaging and with the goal of helping build a company that solves problems for our customers. We listen to them, we find their pain points and then we translate those ideas into marketable ideas. QuadPackaging then leverages the technology of Quad/Graphics to create data-driven packaging solutions that are as effective at driving sales as they are beautiful. Simply put, we challenge our customers to imagine more, to push the envelope in terms of what

technology can do and create solutions together that don’t yet exist. We strive to be a true packaging partner in every sense of the word.

My focus areas are: Strategic planning, strategic business development, business management and product innovation.

When I’m not busy creating new customer solutions, I love spending time with my two rescue dogs, Otis and Audrey and finding new opportunities to volunteer and give back to my community. I am also a nerd outside of work reading Marvel comics and watching Marvel movies more than any one person should.

2018 SPC Executive Committee Candidate

Why do you want to serve on the Executive Committee?
I believe in service and action as a form of walking the talk in all areas of leadership. The SPC mission aligns with my personal and professional belief system and without individuals willing to step up and serve the SPC will not be able to continue its critical work and evolve as the topic of sustainability and packaging continues to change. Education is one of the core tenants of Quads sustainability mission and this form of service allows us the opportunity to learn and educate our team and clients from some of the brightest people working on sustainable packaging.
What do you think you would contribute as an Executive Committee representative?

The last 25 years I have grown up in the packaging world as a converter and am a self-professed packaging nerd.  I am very passionate about sustainable packaging and my extroverted personality has helped me navigate and add value in board environments. I am currently the sustainable packaging advisor for all of QuadPackaging’ s 700 plus clients and regularly asked to advise on the core side of the Quad business with our retail clients. This direct client interaction has given me a vantage point of how brand managers, R&D and procurement view sustainable packaging and the challenges they face when changing or creating new packaging. My current role in strategy and business development gives me the privilege of being asked to participate on cross functional teams with our clients involving product innovation and brand launches. I feel it is critical to have sustainability addressed early in the design process and regularly ask clients to add it to their scope of work including adding it to all of QuadPackaging’ s design requests as a sales requirement.