Sealed Air brings on Siemens' Whaley as VP

Siemens corporate communications and marketing SVP Jim Whaley will join Sealed Air as its VP of corporate communications and sustainability later this month.

ELMWOOD PARK, NJ: Sealed Air has tapped Siemens corporate communications and marketing SVP Jim Whaley as its VP of corporate communications and sustainability.

He will be responsible for global communications, branding, public affairs, and sustainability at Sealed Air, which makes Cryovac packaging and Bubble Wrap cushioning, among other products. The company, which has 25,000 employees in 175 countries, earned revenue of $7.6 billion last year, it said in a statement.

Whaley will report to president and CEO Jerome Peribere. He will have four direct reports, who manage corporate communications, branding, public affairs, and sustainability, leading a team of 25, said Ken Aurichio, executive director of corporate communications at Sealed Air. The company does not have a CMO; marketing is carried out at the division level.

Whaley will replace Mary Coventry, who retired earlier this year, in the role. His first day is November 18. Whaley's replacement at Siemens has not been determined.

“I'm very proud of what we've been able to accomplish at Siemens. It's been a great company and team to be associated with and I'm very much looking forward to this opportunity at Sealed Air and working with their new and dynamic leadership to help tell the Sealed Air story.”

Whaley has served as marcomms SVP and chairman of the Siemens Foundation since 2009. He was also director of public affairs and communications at the US Military Academy at West Point before joining the company in 2004. Whaley also held a number of leadership positions in Army Aviation.

Peribere said in a statement that Whaley “will play a key role in bringing our vision, mission, and values to life through a focus on integrated marketing communications campaigns.”

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