Scott DeFife, president of the Glass Packaging Institute (GPI), was named president of the Glass Recycling Foundation’s (GRF) Executive Board.
GRF’s vision is to increase recycling through sustainability education and best practices to ensure the maximum benefit for communities and the environment. Jennifer Cumbee of Ardagh Group was also named the newest member of GRF's board. DeFife succeeds Lynn Bragg as board president and joins Ron Holmes of Diageo and Laura Hennemann of Strategic Materials as officers of GRF’s Executive Board.
“I am honored to serve as president of GRF’s Executive Board,” said DeFife in a statement. “I am grateful for the time and talent that Lynn Bragg contributed to the board and thank her for her years of leadership. I look forward to continuing her work and driving forward GRF’s mission to promote and preserve glass recycling across America. GPI and GRF already work closely together to address gaps in the glass recycling supply chain and increase glass recycling access through education and industry collaboration. I am eager to continue building upon this important work.”
“First, I would like to thank Lynn Bragg for all her work in leading the GRF and getting the foundation to where it is today,” said Ron Holmes, treasurer of GRF’s Executive Board, in a statement. “I am very excited to have Scott take on the role as president. With his background and expertise, he will be able to continue to grow the GRF and its mission to positively impact glass recycling around the U.S.”
DeFife takes the helm as board president just as GRF has received the foundation's first $50,000 to its endowment. Owens-Illinois Charities Foundation and Diageo North America each donated $25,000 to support GRF through pilot projects leveraging best practices to improve glass recycling.