FULTON, N.Y. — Mark Panozzo, formerly a Rexam Coated Films & Papers executive, has become the new president and general manager of Black Clawson Converting Machinery LLC. Black Clawson, based in Fulton, makes converting machines for packaging, including cast film and coating lines.
Panozzo is responsible for all activities of the company, including long-range planning, international growth, new products and financial management.
Panozzo replaces Dan Bessinger, who resigned from Black Clawson, according to a company spokeswoman.
Richard Pignataro, chief executive officer of LI Group, the parent of Black Clawson, said the machinery company will benefit from Panozzo's experience at Rexam of Bedford Park, Ill., which makes packaging and coated films and paper.
"Mark will bring greater customer sensitivity to our converting division," he said.
Black Clawson also created two new positions to lead the extrusion and coating operations, promoting two veterans of the company.
Andrew Christie is now business group leader of extrusion systems. Christie, whose previous post was extrusion engineering manager, has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y.
Black Clawson also promoted Donald Teich from director of customer service to the newly created position of business group leader of coating systems.