SOURCE: cei (Coating Excellence International)

cei (Coating Excellence International)

December 19, 2014 13:00 ET

cei (Coating Excellence International) Announces Michael Nowak Retirement and Promotion of Rita Cox to President and CEO

WRIGHTSTOWN, WI--(Marketwired - Dec 19, 2014) -  cei (Coating Excellence International) a market leading U.S. flexible packaging and technical products company, today announced that Michael Nowak its CEO and co-founder has decided to retire from cei as of January 2, 2015. Mr. Nowak will remain on the cei Board of Directors as Vice Chairman. Rita Cox currently cei's President will become the Company's new President and CEO.

Mr. Nowak has been the visionary leader of this rapidly-growing, market-leading flexible packaging company since its founding in 1997. His passion for innovation, quality, customer service and low cost production has led cei from its 1997 green field inception to more than 450 employees and $250 million in annual sales. The Company's growth has been primarily organic through the addition of key assets, new product development, and lean manufacturing practices. Mr. Nowak has worked closely with Mason Wells, cei's equity partner since 2008 to help grow the company. "Mason Wells has really moved cei ahead through its strong support and commitment to the business and I look forward to continuing to work with them in my new role as Vice Chairman of the Board," stated Mike Nowak.

Rita Cox, the new President and CEO, joined cei as President and COO in September 2014 after serving as President of Presto products in Appleton, WI. "Rita has made a very strong contribution to the business and its employees so far. I am sure that Rita will continue to lead cei to even stronger growth and performance in the years to come," stated Mr. Nowak.  

"Taking care of customers through industry leading quality, service, and innovation has been the focus of cei's business. This will not change as we strive to enhance our relationship with current customers and build a relationship with new customers. Customers can count on cei to be there when they need us," stated Ms. Cox. 

About cei
cei is an industry leading flexible packaging and technical products company specializing in wide web extrusion coating and laminating of film, foil, paper, board and nonwovens. cei features EB (electronic beam) coating and laminating, wide web flexographic presses with award winning 10 color process printing with registered backside print capabilities, offset printing up to four colors and onsite graphics including design, layout and digital plate production and High Definition and Expanded Gamut printing. cei is also an industry leading sustainable manufacturer and printer, holds ISO, BRC, Chain-of-Custody certifications (FSC, SFI, and PEFC) and is one of a limited number of certified Sustainable Green Printers (SGP).

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