Loparex, a producer of release liners and engineered films, has appointed Charmaine Riggins as the group’s new CEO, effective January 10, 2022.
Riggins previously held the position of chief talent and culture officer at the company. She succeeds Simon Medley, who has served as CEO since 2017.
‘We are excited to have Charmaine in this role,’ said Martin Schwab, managing partner at Pamplona Capital Management, the owner company of Loparex. ‘With extensive experience that includes technical, operations, sales and marketing, human resources, and general management, she is uniquely suited to lead the organization as we give focus to safety, operational performance, growth, and culture, to name a few. We are incredibly supportive of the business, proud of what it has achieved under Simon’s tenure, and look forward to supporting Charmaine and the rest of the Loparex management team in moving the company further forward.’
Riggins joined the Loparex Group in 2021 after 26 years with the Lord Corporation, a technology and manufacturing company, and Parker Hannifin Corporation, one of the leaders in motion and control technologies. Lord Corporation was acquired by Parker Hannifin in 2019.
Her previous roles involved executive business management, technology, finance, sales, operations, customer engagement, business development, strategy, marketing, human resources, compliance, and integration leadership.
Riggins’ professional accomplishments have been recognized with the STEP Award for Women in Manufacturing in 2013 and the Don M. Altstadt Innovation Award in 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Ohio State University, an MBA from North Carolina State University with a major in Innovation and Supply Chain Management, and an Advanced Management degree from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business Executive Education program.
Passionate about children, education, and addressing the ever-widening opportunity gap, Riggins is an active mentor and a committed volunteer in her community. She holds three non-profit board positions with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle, the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, and the North Carolina Museum of Art.
‘I am delighted to continue this journey with Loparex,’ commented Riggins. ‘Loparex is a strong organization, and we have an exciting