Leadership Team

Being a high-quality leader in flexible packaging begins with high-quality people.

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Everything we do is guided by our core values of honesty, hard work, and sustainability.

We believe these characteristics must be at the core of everything we do in business and in life. Our clients reap the benefits of a lean, sustainable culture—and we know in our hearts that we did the right things, the right way.



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Greg L Powell

Chief Executive Officer

A 20-year foundation of progressive roles in marketing, product management, plus new product and new business development prepared Greg for general management. Since 2010, he has led several operating units within the packaging industry and across myriad product, process, and technology platforms. Greg is acclaimed for the way he leads organizations through high-growth/high-change situations, including turnarounds and M&A integrations. He is disciplined, process-oriented and people focused. Greg believes people build businesses. Aligning the right people around the principles of continuous improvement, Greg thrives on building and developing robust teams and fostering healthy, compassionate cultures. He combines these assets to create high-performance, enduring organizations.


Diane Frydrych

Chief Financial Officer

Diane spent more than 25 years providing strategic financial leadership to organizations before joining Garlock as Chief Financial Officer. With a strong background in private equity held businesses, Diane is accomplished at building and leading finance and human resource teams that support growth, improve profitability and are successful in M&A. Diane is constantly working to improve financial processes and controls to increase efficiency plus ensure compliance with accounting and regulatory controls. Diane loves Garlock’s dedicated employees and the organization’s goal-oriented philosophy. She also appreciates the way the leadership team engages each employee to align their individual goals with Garlock’s common mission, vision, and purpose.


Mohamed El-Shami

Chief Supply Chain Officer

Shami has spent more than 20 years in the packaging industry leading teams in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Middle East. Fifteen of those years were with organizations various stages of M&A and turnaround processes. Shami’s international experiences makes him especially adept at analyzing global supply chain vulnerabilities and mastering the strategic steps crucial to re-risking these supply chains. He enjoys mapping out risk mitigation strategies and prizes the support Garlock leadership extends him to implement these strategies. Three words describe what Shami loves about Garlock: agility, transparency, and inclusivity. “Working with an elite leadership group, surrounded by a phenomenally loyal, dedicated, motivated team, makes everyday supply chain challenges seem simple!”


Tom Brehm

VP of Operations — Reno

With more than 40 years of experience in the packaging industry, Tom has served in a variety of roles in Operations, Sales, Marketing and General Management. He has developed a deep understanding of wide web flexographic printing, blown film extrusion, extrusion lamination, laser perforation, pouch making, and rigid bottle manufacturing. Tom is renowned for his ability to build organizations that deliver market-leading service, quality, and value. He’s also revered for his ability to see potential in people and develop them for roles in sales and operations. Tom loves Garlock’s agile decision-making ability, “Whether improving the work experience or making strategic decisions to enhance customer or market performance, the Garlock team makes decisions fast.”


Ron Jones

Director of Operations — Gardner

Ron started his career as an ink and coatings development chemist for SunChemical. After more than 30 years in the industry, Ron has accumulated vast experience in all aspects of flexible packaging business from front-end product development to post-sales service and support. Ron is a lean deployment expert and has a long record of outperformance through the continuous improvement of processes and the development of world-class teams. Ron is a highly technical leader that uses his scientific background and operational expertise to drive exceptional results. He treasures the great people of Garlock who thrive on keeping their customers delighted. He is excited to be part of Garlock’s growing success.

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Zach Zeder

Director of Sales

Zach brings 25 years of accomplished sales and sales leadership experience to Garlock. Zach is known for his strong, consistent, and calming leadership style, one that nurtures teams and their development. His diverse experience in the packaging industry offers Garlock and its customers an unusually well-rounded perspective and point of view. Zach’s specialty area is strategic customer growth and development, particularly where close coordination is required for customer change management and new business commercialization. With years of steady progression in sales and sales leadership roles, Zach is proven in his ability to ensure the customer’s expectations are clearly defined, achieve goal alignment, and then partner and lead teams through the execution phase.


Mike Cormier

Corporate Technical Director

Mike has worked about every area of flexible printing, serving Garlock for nearly three decades. Mike started as a Packer then became Machine Operator, before advancing to Platemaker and Supervisor, then to the Customer Service desk, Estimator, Flexible Packaging Coordinator, Sales and Service Coordinator, next Quality Assurance Manager and, presently, Corporate Technical Director. Mike knows his craft. Whenever a flexible packaging challenge requires custom engineering, or a customer need seems impossible, he is a key part of the solution. Recognizing the potential for innovation and championing its execution, Mike seeks new ways to delight customers while valuing the teams that make them happen. To Mike, Garlock is not just a workplace, it is a second home. 


Marco L Ferrin

Director of New Business Development

Marco has been in the food packaging industry since 1997. An innovative leader, he has primarily served Produce and CPGs for most of his career and has a background in Cold Chain Food Packaging Material Supply Chains. Marco works tirelessly across all departments to ensure everyone and every process -- is aligned behind customer success. Leading by example, he brings high energy and a resilient work ethic to every situation in a way that inspires whomever he engages. Marco loves the pace and passion at which Garlock operates and is pleased to have a leadership team, organization, and ownership that acts with swiftness, decisiveness, and steadfast devotion.


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