Plastics Europe
Virginia Janssens appointed managing director

06.02.2020 PlasticsEurope, the pan-European association of plastics manufacturers, has appointed Virginia Janssens as its managing director.

Virginia Janssens, new managing director of Plastics Europe.
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Virginia Janssens, new managing director of Plastics Europe.

She will take up her new position on 16 March 2020. Janssens has been managing director of the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment (EUROPEN) since 2012. "We are delighted that Virginia will join us. Her talents, expertise and leadership are critical to the future of PlasticsEurope," said Javier Constante, president of PlasticsEurope and vice president of Dow. "She brings a strong track record of advocacy on sustainability-related challenges and value chain collaboration; this is particularly valuable in achieving our sustainability goals together with our stakeholders," he added.

Strong innovation dynamics

Virginia Janssens said: "I am honoured to take up the position of managing director of PlasticsEurope. With determination, openness and a sense of responsibility, I look forward to representing an industry that is experiencing strong innovation dynamics and addressing the challenges of the plastics value chain. PlasticsEurope will reflect this changing industry and promote sustainable solutions by, for and on behalf of its members and partners. We are at the crossroads of a new era for plastics with great opportunities to make a positive contribution to climate protection and society".

Experience in Brussels

Before Janssens joined EUROPEN in January 2010 as manager for EU affairs, she gained extensive experience in the political arena in Brussels, where she worked both as a public affairs and PR consultant for various clients in the environmental, food, chemical and energy sectors. Janssens holds a Master's degree in Political and Social Sciences from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, and another Master's degree in Intercultural Management from ICHEC Business School Brussels.