Nexgen Packaging Appoints Jim Welch as President

WESTMONT, Illinois, Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Nexgen Packaging, a full service provider of brand identification and variable-data products to global brands and retailers, today announced the appointment of Jim Welch as President. Mr. Welch joined Nexgen Packaging in 2016 and most recently led North America and European sales and operations. In his new role, his responsibilities will also include overseeing global operations, strategy, and corporate development. Mr. Welch came to Nexgen Packaging from Motorola Solutions (MSI) where he held a variety of leadership roles, including SVP and GM Field Operations for the MSI Enterprise business. Mr. Welch helped direct global go-to-market and regional strategies and helped orchestrate the successful sale of that unit to Zebra Technologies. Previously Mr. Welch held CEO positions and advisor roles with a variety of software startups in Austin, TX focused on artificial intelligence, data analytics, and mobility.

"Nexgen has demonstrated persistent sustained growth over the past several years and customer interest in our products and innovative software offerings continues to grow," said Andy Effron, Nexgen's Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer. "We recognized that to meet our internal goals and customers' rising expectations we needed to strengthen the leadership team and improve operational capabilities. We brought Jim on board to help us accomplish these goals and we have been thrilled with the operational improvements achieved and the caliber of team we are building under Jim's leadership. Expanding Jim's role well positions Nexgen to capitalize on market opportunities by continuing to make strategic investments in our people, software, and global capabilities."

"Working with the team at Nexgen Packaging over the past year has been a tremendously positive experience," said Mr. Welch. "The Nexgen founders have incredible industry knowledge and have built a successful business by delivering quality products and focusing on the needs of their customers. Additionally, their vision of developing software to improve manufacturing execution and bring transparency to supply chain operations is proving to be of tremendous value to customers. Nexgen is in a great position today and I am excited to be part of the Nexgen team that will deliver on the opportunities in front of us." "We started this business with the goal of providing customers with unparalleled brand identification products by listening to their expectations and executing," said Mike Naimo, Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer for Nexgen Packaging. "This model works and we are fortunate and thankful for our success to date. We know that to continue on this journey and scale with our customers we need to further invest in technology and constantly improve how we do things. Jim's background with retail, software, and high-performing teams is a perfect addition to our team to help us achieve our goals."

About Nexgen Packaging Nexgen Packaging, LLC is a global provider of brand identification, variable-data, and packaging products, servicing the creative, product development, and production needs of apparel and footwear manufacturers and retailers and their global manufacturing partners. The company is focused on simplifying everything from the creative process to order execution, utilizing innovative technologies to increase efficiency and enhance customer service. Nexgen offers a comprehensive range of products and services designed to meet its customers' product identification needs, including woven labels, printed labels, heat transfers, hang tags, integrated tags, price tickets, RFID tags and labels, wrap bands, patches, boxes, poly bags and a broad range of specialized products. Our customers include a broad range of apparel brands and retailers.

To learn more about Nexgen Packaging, visit nexgenpackaging.com.

CONTACT: Debbie Bougas, debbie.bougas@nexgenpkg.com [mailto:debbie.bougas@nexgenpkg.com]

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