Washington — The Plastics Industry Association has hired a chief economist, Perc Pineda, to beef up its collection of industry data and research reports.
Pineda was most recently senior economist for the Credit Union National Association and has more than 20 years of experience in academia and trade associations, including at the International Monetary Fund and the U.S. Dairy Export Council, where he worked on market access and regulatory affairs issues.
“We have been searching diligently for an economist who can help us to continuously produce cutting-edge industry data and really give us an edge up on our in-house reports and research,” said Bill Carteaux, president and CEO of the Washington-based association.
The trade group publishes a variety of reports on the plastics industry, including detailed looks of the size of the industry in the United States, the global trade picture for the U.S. plastics sector and sector specific dives into industries where plastics is heavily used, such as electronics manufacturing and bottles.
The association said Pineda will receive a Ph.D. in economics from the New School of Social Research in New York, and holds several graduate degrees in economics and management. He has also taught at the City University of New York and at St. Francis College.