Leadership Bios | Avery Dennison | LPM

Georges Gravanis
President, Label and Graphic Materials

Georges Gravanis is president of the Label and Graphic Materials business for Avery Dennison. He is currently based in The Netherlands.

Georges is responsible for managing the $4.5 billion global pressure-sensitive materials businesses comprised of Label and Packaging Materials, Graphics Solutions and Reflective Solutions.

He was elected to this position in April 2015 by the Board of Directors after serving as vice president and general manager of the Asia Pacific division of the Materials Group since August 2010. Prior to that, Georges held several leadership roles with Avery Dennison, including vice president of sales, Roll Materials Europe, from May 2006 to July 2010; vice president/general manager, Roll Materials Europe Southern Region, from March 2004 to April 2006; and general manager, Roll Materials France, from May 2003 to March 2004.

Before joining Avery Dennison, Georges held various business, manufacturing and product development positions in notable chemical companies across the UK, USA, France and Germany. He received his doctorate degree in polymer chemistry from Scientific University in Grenoble, France in 1986.

We asked Georges:

What inspires you?
An old friend, who despite tough business times, ups and downs in life, would always exude such a joyful and positive energy and strike an enviable balance between business, family and personal interests.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Summer in the Greek islands, Winter skiing in the Alps and in between Hong Kong; I love the sea and mountains and the buzz and positive energy of Asia being in Hong Kong.

Apart from spending time with family and friends, what do you like to do with your spare time?
I would love to set up a business with my son, for my son...and being out in nature doing sports.


Anil K. Sharma
Vice President + General Manager, Label and Graphic Materials
 – South Asia Pacific + Sub Saharan Africa

Anil K. Sharma is responsible for the strategic development and growth initiatives of Avery Dennison businesses in South Asia Pacific including Australia,New Zealand, ASEAN, Indian subcontinent and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Prior to joining Avery Dennison, Anil was the vice president of sales North America for Johnson Diversey and their food and beverage hygiene businesses. He also held a number of increasingly senior commercial and business management positions at Diversey Inc, a global leader in industrial detergents and sanitizers, jointly owned by the SC Johnson family and Unilever.

Anil is a mechanical engineer and holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. Anil joined Avery Dennison in 2010 and is based in Gurgaon, India.

We asked Anil:

What inspires you?
Stories of success against all odds.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
India—unpredictable at every turn. Culinary delights, culture mix, chaos and the opportunities it presents.

Other than spending time with friends and family, what do you do in your spare time?
Going to the gym and playing badminton. Also, gadgets are my passion.

Jeroen Diderich

Vice President + General Manager, Label and Graphic Materials – Europe

Jeroen Diderich is responsible for Label and Graphic Materials throughout Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

Jeroen joined Avery Dennison in 2003 and was most recently the vice president of global marketing for the Materials Group. He has held previous business roles in supply chain, operations and sales.

Prior to joining the company, Jeroen had ten years experience in corporate planning and logistics, most recently as vice president, supply chain for Sappi Fine Paper North America in Boston, Massachusetts (USA).

He earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing management from Hanze University of Applied Sciences (NL) and a master’s degree from Erasmus University Rotterdam. Jeroen is based in Oegstgeest, The Netherlands.

Roger Machado
Vice President + General Manager, Label and Graphic Materials  – North Asia

Roger Machado is responsible for the strategic development and growth initiatives of Label and Graphic Material in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan.

Roger joined Avery Dennison in 2001 as a supply chain consultant for Materials Group Europe as part of the integration of Jackstadt. He has since served in a broad variety of roles around the world with increasing levels of scope and responsibility, most recently as vice president of operations and supply chain for Materials Group Asia Pacific. Roger is based in Shanghai, China.

Nick Tucci
Vice President + General Manager, Label and Graphic Materials
 – North America

Nick Tucci is responsible for the strategic development and growth initiatives of Label and Graphics Materials - North America which includes the United States and Canada. Nick has a keen understanding of the global materials industry, its financial drivers, its marketplace needs and what will help customers deliver success into the future.

Nick joined Avery Dennison in 1992 and has since held leadership positions at Avery Dennison in finance, marketing, cost-out, procurement, sales and general management.

Nick earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a master’s of business administration from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

He is based out of LGM-NA’s headquarters in Mentor, Ohio.

We asked Nick:

What inspires you?
A tough business challenge that requires the work of a team to deliver, a child or somebody facing adversity who overcomes and thrives by never giving up, people who put the good of others ahead of their own personal gain or achievement.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
I would live right where I live now—HOME—invested in community, engaged with family and able to impact many lives in our area with the contributions of Avery Dennison.

Apart from spending time with family and friends, what do you like to do with your spare time?
I enjoy SCUBA diving, cooking and gardening.

Ronaldo Mello
Vice President + General Manager, Label and Graphic Materials
 – Latin America

Ronaldo Mello is responsible for the strategic development and growth initiatives of Avery Dennison’s businesses in Latin America.

Ronaldo joined Avery Dennison from Itap Bemis, the largest flexible packaging company in Latin America, where he held a number of management positions, culminating in director of its Dixie Toga Flexible Division. He has extensive experience in the packaging industry, having worked for local and multinational companies in increasingly responsible general management, sales, business development and finance roles.

Ronaldo received his B.S. in business administration at Fundação Getúlio Vargas in São Paulo, Brazil, and also attended Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program—The General Manager Program. Ronaldo joined Avery Dennison in 2009 and is based in Vinhedo, Brazil.

Amy White
Vice President, Communications – Global Communications

Amy White is responsible for strategy and management of all aspects of communications for Label and Graphic Materials including brand management, digital communications, media relations and employee communications.

Amy has been with Avery Dennison since 1999 and has worked across a variety of functions in Retail Branding and Information Solutions (RBIS), including marketing, communications and sustainability, commercial market development, innovation and product management. During this time, Amy also gained her post-graduate qualifications with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK).

Amy also serves on the board of the Avery Dennison Foundation and is based in Nottingham, United Kingdom.

We asked Amy:

What inspires you?
I am inspired by people, communities and the everyday. I love people watching and meeting new people. I think everyone has a fascinating story in them and I like to listen, learn and engage. I am inspired by real stories of courage and commitment where people have found the strength to overcome adversity. One of my favourite podcasts is The Moth—it can have me crying and laughing all within the space of 10 minutes—but it always lifts me up and motivates me for the day.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
I love to travel and I have been to some amazing places around the world—but I would still choose to live in the UK. It is my home and where the majority of my friends and family are, including my dog. I also love drinking tea—and honestly, albeit I am biased, the British way of making tea is really the best!

Other than spending time with friends and family, what do you do in your spare time?
I tend to overfill my personal time. I love to read—normally reading at least a book a week. I also love to bake and go through stages of wanting to bake two or three times a week—not good for the waistline! But mainly I love a project—at the moment I am learning how to play the piano—really relaxing and stressful all rolled into one! I probably should just learn to relax!

Hassan Rmaile

Vice President + General Manager Global Graphics + Reflective Solutions; Vice President – Global Technology + Ventures

As Vice President and General manager for global Graphics and Reflectives Solutions, Hassan is responsible for both the short- and long-term financial and operating objectives of our Graphics Solutions and Reflective Solutions businesses. Together with his team, he drives overall vision and direction and a multi-year operating strategy to grow these businesses.

As Vice President Global Technology and Ventures, he is engaged directly in start-up opportunities and equity investments related to adjacent capabilities.

Hassan also oversees our extensive global R&D network and focuses on identifying new, disruptive applications while continuing to grow the performance and cost attractiveness of our core businesses.

Hassan started his career as a research associate with the Center for Materials Research & Technology (MARTECH) at Florida State University. After that, Hassan joined Hercules Incorporated in Wilmington, Delaware for 4 years between innovation and product management roles. Hassan then joined Ashland as part of the Hercules Incorporated acquisition in 2008. While at Ashland, Hassan served as vice president of strategic growth platforms in the company’s Specialty Ingredients commercial unit. He also led the integration of innovation & channel growth streams as part of the ISP acquisition by Ashland. Prior to that, he served in commercial roles of increasing responsibility, including global business unit director of consumer industries (Pharmaceuticals, Food and Personal Care) and prior to that as global industry manager, Pharmaceuticals, at Ashland Specialty Ingredients.

Prior to Avery Dennison, Hassan served as Vice President, Chief technology and Innovation Officer at H.B. Fuller from 2012 to 2016 leading HB Fuller's innovation & research centers around the globe and co-leading integration of several bolt-on acquisitions.

Hassan holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the American University of Beirut (Lebanon), an MBA in finance from the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Florida State University. Hassan holds an executive leadership certificate from the University of Minnesota from 2013 and he also has served as a director for the Minnesota High Tech Association from 2012-2016.

We asked Hassan:

What inspires you?
Decisions and transformations of our core & future business that make a difference in somebody’s quality of life, customer experiences and creating a passionate engaged team along the way

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
The Gulf Coast of Florida: Sunshine, beach, seafood, college sports

Other than spending time with friends and family, what do you do in your spare time?
Always looking at the next wave of technologies to invest in and, in parallel, mentoring and helping others accelerate and launch their professional careers; in whatever time is left, enjoying the automotive world of cars

Kamran Kian
Vice President – Global Operations + Supply Chain

Kamran Kian is responsible for managing operations and the supply chain at a global level for Avery Dennison's Label and Graphic Materials. He also oversees the Corporate EHS (Environment, Health and Safety) function. 

He has served in his currently global capacity since 2006. From 2004 to 2006 Kamran served as Vice President and General Manager of Materials businesses in Australia and New Zealand. From 2000 to 2004 he led the integration of the Stimsonite acquisition in Avery Dennison’s reflective business and expanded the business globally.  From 1995 to 2000 Kamran was based in Luxembourg, Europe serving in many operational and technical roles including the director of European operations. Prior to that he was based in California and served in many operations and technical roles.

Kamran received his Engineering degree from California Polytechnic University in 1990. He joined Avery Dennison in 1985 and is currently based in Mentor, Ohio.

We asked Kamran:

What inspires you?
Helping people in my organization achieve highs that they did not think were achievable and seeing them move up the ladder of success.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I would live in France because you have the Alps, the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the English Channel or La Manche Sea, the wine, the food, the culture and its beautiful cities.  And this is where I intend to live in a few years!

Other than spending time with friends and family, what do you do in your spare time?
Catch up on the world news and drink wine.

Garrett Gabel
Vice President – Global Finance, Label and Graphic Materials

Garrett Gabel is responsible for all global Label and Graphic Materials group finance activities and providing insights into the marketplace and Label and Graphic Materials group’s business performance.

Gabel has been at Avery Dennison since 2003, having held a broad range of responsibilities in multiple regions and business units, including finance leadership roles in Asia and Europe. Most recently, he served as vice president, finance and investor relations for the  Avery Dennison corporation.

Garrett earned an MBA from the Anderson School of UCLA and a BBA in financial economics from Bowling Green State University.

We asked Garrett:

What inspires you?
I am always inspired by the rate of change and level of success possible when a great idea is pursued by someone with passion and dedication.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
If I could live anywhere in the world it would probably be in a cabin on a mountainside. I believe the raw beauty and sometimes harsh realities of nature bring out the best in people.

Other than spending time with friends and family, what do you do in your spare time?
I try to get outside in my spare time, where I can hear my own thoughts and find some balance. This gives me the energy I need to move forward.


Ken Schwartz
Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Label and Graphic Materials

Ken Schwartz is an attorney who leads the global Label and Graphic Materials group’s legal team. Ken and his global team are responsible for all aspects of legal matters affecting the company’s operations, including: regulatory compliance; contract preparation management and enforcement; investigations (internal and external); litigation and dispute resolution; and intellectual property (including inventions, patents, and trade secrets).  

Ken joined Avery Dennison in 2006 after 16 years in private law firm practice in Cleveland and Chicago.  

He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and political science from Kent State University and a Juris Doctor and Master of Arts joint degree from University of Illinois.  

Ken lives in Ohio, has two teenage daughters, and is a fitness and outdoor enthusiast.

Henrik Kajueter
Vice President, Strategy and Mergers and Acquisitions

Henrik is responsible for strategic planning as well as mergers and acquisitions for the Label and Graphics Materials group at Avery Dennison.

Henrik joined our company in 2008 as the Director of Marketing for the Europe region.  Prior to Avery Dennison Henrik held senior marketing positions at General Electric and DHL as well as an Associate Principal role at McKinsey & Co.

Henrik holds a Ph.D in Physics from Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA.

He lives with his family close to Duesseldorf, Germany.

We asked Henrik:

What inspires you?
Analytically challenging problems and the chance to shape our future

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Munich, I love the mountains

Other than spending time with friends and family, what do you do in your spare time?
Gardening - the perfect balance to a week spent in meeting rooms or planes

Deena Baker-Nel

Vice President, Human Resources, Label and Graphic Materials

Deena Baker-Nel is responsible for shaping and executing people strategies that ensure Avery Dennison has an inspired, engaged workforce, a robust talent pipeline and that the company is actively involved in the communities in which employees live and work.

Deena has more than 20 years of human resources experience and more than 12 years experience at Avery Dennison. Prior to joining the company, Deena held a number of HR and other leadership positions, in conjunction with three international assignments (two in London and one in Johannesburg).

Deena earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and master’s degree in counseling from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Deena is based in The Netherlands.

We asked Deena:

What inspires you?
The ambition of so many to be their best and to serve others.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I’d split my time between London (friends, culture), Cape Town (family, wine, climate), and Southern California (friends, climate) and spend the remaining three months traveling, exploring different parts of Asia (culture).

Other than spending time with friends and family, what do you do in your spare time?
I like to power walk, organize and work on projects. I’ve just finished a family photo scanning project and am in progress with an ancestry project, with special emphasis on my Italian family.


Pascale Wautelet

Vice President, Global Research and Development,
Label and Graphic Materials

Pascale Wautelet leads the global R&D network, including oversight of our seven regional R&D centers and teams. In this position Pascale provides vision and innovation direction to a team of 300 + scientists, and drives an innovative pipeline of products and solutions for the Label and Graphic Materials business.

Pascale joined Avery Dennison in 2017 after more than 20 years of domestic and international experience across multiple functions in the chemical/petrochemical/plastic industry, including flexible packaging and labeling. Prior to joining the company, Pascale was Global Technology Director at Jindal Films, overseeing corporate innovation and research and development across Europe and North America. Prior to that, she worked 17 years for ExxonMobil where she held multiple leadership positions of increasing responsibilities in Operations, R&D and Sales.

Pascale earned her PhD in Materials and Polymer Chemistry and Physics, and received a master’s degree in Polymer Chemistry from the University Louis Pasteur of Strasbourg, France. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Chemistry from the University of Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium.

Pascale lives in The Hague, Netherlands with her husband and their two teenagers.

We asked Pascale:

What inspires you?
I’m inspired by the opportunity to meet authentic people from different cultures and horizons. I’m curious by nature and for me it has always been extremely easy to connect with people and engage to see beyond the obvious. I’m very intuitive in my approach, but over the years I have learned the importance to be more intentional in my relation to people, to customize my approach and make it personal. There is not one single recipe. It requires time, and you need to make it relevant to the diversity of personalities, cultures, geographies or situations. This is the way I like to engage with people, to earn their trust and loyalty and be impactful. This is the way I inspire and motivate my teams to always go above and beyond what they believe they can accomplish.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be
and why?
There are so many places I would like to be! It’s always about unique moments and memories. It can be an extraordinary landscape, a place that reminds you a pleasant experience in your life or simply a place where you spend quality time with your friends and family. I think I would like a place that combines the warmth of South American culture, the amazing flavor of Provençal cuisine and a combination of mountain and sea...maybe that unique spot is Tuscany  

Other than spending time with friends and family, what do you do in your spare time?
With no hesitation...cooking! My friends and family would tell you that I’m an extraordinary chef (maybe that’s why I’m a chemist!). My favorite hobby is to go to an open market, get inspired by the most fresh products, and then I can spend the rest of the day preparing a good meal. This is the most amazing relaxing time!


Robyn Buma

Vice President – Global Procurement, Label and Graphic Materials + Industrial and Healthcare Materials

Robyn Buma leads the global procurement  function for the Label and Graphic Materials and Industrial and Healthcare Materials segments. In this position, she is responsible for delivering  sustainable competitive advantage through the latest thinking and best practices in the areas of strategic sourcing, supplier relationship development and procurement excellence. 

Together with her team, Robyn is tasked with ensuring the company stays on the leading­ edge of material trends, especially in support of their 2025 sustainability goals.

Robyn joined Avery Dennison in 2000 and has served in a variety of roles across the procurement, product management and product development functions -- in both regional and global capacities.