Yupo Corporation America recently appointed Paul Mitcham as president and chief executive officer of its Chesapeake facility, the company announced. This marks the first time in the synthetic paper manufacturer's history that an American has been promoted to such a position. Masakuni Fukutome, who Mitcham succeeds as president and CEO, is returning to Yupo Corporation’s headquarters in Japan.
By the end of the year Yupo plans to expand its Chesapeake facility to higher capacity, add additional employees, and explore new markets in specialty packaging, according to the company.Mitcham is now responsible for directing its strategic growth initiatives.
Mitcham began with the company in 1999 with a background in paper manufacturing, marketing and sales, and was most recently Yupo’s vice president of sales.
“With special thanks to Fukutome-san for his leadership during the past three years, Yupo Corporation has experienced growth across most product categories and geographic markets,” Mitcham said. “We will continue to implement continuous improvement and focus on Yupo’s core strengths –quality, innovation and customer service excellence.
Stephen Shultz, an industry veteran with three decades of experience in specialty packaging innovations and sales, will become the new vice president of sales.