Mark Leiden has spent more than 23 years in the packaging business with ties to beverage cans, closures and now plastic bottles. He joined joined York, Pa.-based Graham Packaging in 1999 and spearheaded commercial development of the firm´s now market-leading PET business. The firm also makes containers from polypropylene and high density polyethylene.
Last fall Graham announced a $1.2 billion acquisition – via its New York-based, private-equity parent Blackstone Group – of Owens-Illinois Inc.´s 24-plant blow-molded container business. Graham Packaging (www.grahampackaging.com) reported 2003 corporate revenues of $2.1 billion, with some 9,000 employees at 90 plants throughout North America, Latin America and Europe.
Before joining Graham, Leiden held a number of positions at Schmalbach-Lubeca White Cap, culminating in the role of director of plastics. He spent the first 11 years of his career in sales, marketing and general management roles with packaging giant Alcoa.
Leiden holds a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from the Smeal College of Business at Penn State.