AUSTIN, TEXAS — ePac Flexible Packaging announced the appointment of Virag Patel to chief executive officer on July 18. Patel succeeds Jack Knott, who stepped down from the position on July 13.

Patel, Knott and Carl Joachim are the original co-founders of the company.

“It has been an incredible journey for the three of us as we built ePac around our purpose of helping small and medium sized businesses compete with high quality and professional looking packaging,” Knott said.

“However, as we look to our continued growth geographically and with an expanding product offering such as flat bottom bags, it was time to transition running the business to someone that is more capable of operating it than my forte of building it,” he added. “I couldn’t think of a better person to transfer the CEO position to than Virag Patel.”

Prior to joining ePac, Patel held various leadership positions at Exopack and Coveris, specifically focusing on procurement, international strategy, marketing and M&A activity. During his time at ePac, Patel focused on the company’s operations as chief operating officer.

“With the great team ePac has, its continued growth trends, new product lines, and digitization of the ePac model, it couldn’t be a more exciting time to take on the role of CEO and help successfully execute this new phase of our strategy,” Patel shared. “I would like to thank Jack for all of his contributions and look forward to working with him in his advisory role.”

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