Washington — Updated: The Plastics Industry Association named Tony Radoszewski, the president of the Plastics Pipe Institute, as its new president and CEO July 31.
Radoszewski, who takes over the job Sept. 16, succeeds longtime CEO Bill Carteaux, who led the group from 2005 until late 2018, when he died after a three-year fight with leukemia.
Radoszewski comes to the Washington-based plastics association with nearly 40 years in the industry, including as president of PPI since 2006. He takes over at a time when the group and the industry face major challenges around plastic waste and pollution issues.
Wylie Royce, chairman of the plastics association, said the group liked that Radoszewski brings a long history working directly for plastics companies as well as trade association leadership.
In his time at the Irving, Texas-based PPI, he increased membership 60 percent and improved the financial situation for the group, Royce said.
"Here's a guy that's got 25 years of industry experience and then he's got another 13 years of running PPI," Royce said. "He's got amazing passion for the industry. His energy is just through the roof."
Radoszewski started as a polyolefins sales representative with Phillips Chemical Co. back in 1980 and had steadily advancing roles in the resin and pipe sectors.
He joined Advanced Drainage Systems Inc., the world's largest maker of plastic drainage pipe, in 1995 as director of marketing and business development.
"I am grateful for this opportunity to lead such an important and respected organization," Radoszewski said. "While I have decades of experience in the plastics industry, I know as I step in to lead the great ... organization that I have much to learn and I am dedicated to listening to members as a top priority and understanding the opportunities and challenges we have."
Royce, who is the director of additives maker Royce Global, said the association deeply appreciated interim president and CEO Patty Long, who led the group after Carteaux's death.