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Exploring Environmental & Economic Sustainability for the AHPs Industry

By March 31, 2022April 6th, 2022No Comments
  • Title: Exploring Environmental & Economic Sustainability for the AHPs Industry
  • Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2022
  • Time: 3:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time – New York

Having a strong strategy on sustainability is essential to the long-term viability of any business, especially in an industry like absorbent hygiene products. For the AHPs industry, long-term sustainability thinking requires thinking about the entire life-cycle of our products: which means designing with sustainable sourcing, production, and end-of-life scenarios in mind.

The infrastructure challenge for AHPs is the waste management infrastructure. Companies in this industry need to design with waste management scenarios in mind; and this includes recycling, composting, and when products end up as fugitive waste in the environment. Just like auto companies have been, AHPs companies need to be more involved than ever before in helping to bring about the waste management infrastructure that the sustainability of their products require.



  • Colin Alexander Hanna
    Director, Market Research
    Price Hanna Consulting

    Colin brings research and analytical techniques developed from his MBA (University of Washington) and MSS (Master in Social Services – Bryn Mawr College) degrees combined with strategic insight and perspective gained from professional experience spanning multiple industries.  Prior to joining Price Hanna Consultants in 2017, Mr. Hanna worked as an individual consultant for clients in the energy, global health, social services and consumer goods industries.  Hanna also has prior experience working as a liaison between retailers and commercial real estate developers; first as a project manager for a major commercial real estate developer, then as a process improvement expert for one of the nation’s largest recreational equipment retailers.

  • Shachar Rachim
    CEO Hygiene Vertical
    Indorama Ventures
    Shachar Rachim is the CEO of the Hygiene Vertical at IVL, since January 2020, as well as the member of the Board at Avgol Nonwoven. Shachar served as Avgol nonwoven CEO since January 2019 till June 2021. Shachar joined Avgol on January 2010 as CFO. In 2014 he became the deputy CEO and Prior to joining  Avgol, Shachar served as a CFO in several global public companies in different arenas such as communication, oil refineries and digital printing, and was an integral part of the management team. Shachar’s senior financial positions followed his three years’ work as senior auditor in PWC. Shachar has a BA degree in Economics and Accounting from Ben-Gurion University in Israel, a CPA license, and an MBA degree with major in Finance from ESG University in Paris.
  • Tom Zaiser
    Chief Marketing Officer
    Indorama Ventures Hygiene Fibers

    Tom Zaiser is Chief Executive Officer and Chief Marketing Officer of FiberVisions. Mr. Zaiser has spent the past 33 years working in a range of sales and marketing positions, including Marketing Manager of Aqualon, a wholly owned division of Hercules Incorporated (1990-1992). Mr. Zaiser moved to Atlanta in 1992 and served as Southeast Regional Sales Manager for the Pulp & Paper Division of Hercules through 1996. From 1996 to 1999, he was Corporate Account Manager within the Hercules Pulp & Paper Division, and he was promoted to Director, Global Corporate Accounts in 1999. In 2005, Mr. Zaiser became involved with ES FiberVisions, a joint venture with JNC of Japan, and has held various management positions with the company. Concurrent with his roles at FiberVisions, Mr. Zaiser is Chief Operating Officer of ES FiberVisions. Mr. Zaiser holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware.

  • Tommi Bjornman
    Chief Executive Officer, Avgol
    Indorama Ventures Hygiene Nonwovens
    Mr. Tommi Bjornman has spent the past 30 years working in senior management and executive positions for leading industrial companies including Avgol Industries 1953 LTD.,  Ahlstrom Oyj, Walki Group Oy and Mada Nonwovens Ltd. Mr. Bjornman joined Avgol in March 2019 as CCO and then became the CEO In June 2021, while also serving as CMO for Nonwovens in the Indorama Ventures, Hygiene vertical followed by becoming the Nonwovens BU Business Leader.  From 1996 to 2013 Mr. Bjornman token on increasingly important roles at Ahlstrom Oyj; a key global player in sustainable and innovative fiber-based solutions. Since 1997 he led the SBU and attained the role of EVP, Filtration.  In the period of 2014 to 2015, Mr. Bjornman was the EVP, Industrial Packaging of Walki Group Oy; one of the world’s leading players in sustainable packaging and engineered material solutions globally.  Then from 2016 to 2019, Mr. Bjornman was the President of Mada Nonwoven Ltd.; a manufacturer of Polypropylene Spunmelt and Polyester Needlepunch Nonwovens.  Mr. Bjornman has a MSc degree in Industrial Engineering (major: product strategy and product development of industry enterprise, technical studies: mechanical engineering), Finland, 1987-1992 and it includes studies in Chalmers Tekniska Högskola, Göteborg, Sweden, Industriell ekonomi, 1990-1991.
  • Karen McIntyre (Moderator)
    Nonwovens Industry