“The best way to develop a culture of giving is to keep ‘takers’ off of the bus. If you have ‘takers’ on the bus already, work tactically to encourage them to ‘give’.”
- Adam Grant
In today’s business world, global leadership is considered extremely important due to the interconnection of everything around us. Challenges such as sustainability, climate change, health crises, and economic issues don’t stop at one country’s borders. We need leaders from every corner who have the capacity to function together from different countries, comprehending different viewpoints and insights, coming to a conclusion and solving problems together. Global leaders like Michael Zacka have proved their dexterity when dealing with various cultures and making decisions that affect the whole world. They’re like conductors in a big orchestra, bringing together people from all over to create a better world. Their skills in cooperation and understanding are crucial for a future where everyone can thrive.
Speaking of Zacka, he has paved an extraordinary 25-plus-year career in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) industry. From leading multi-billion P&Ls across the globe with Tetra Pak to his present role as the President of Amcor Flexible Packaging Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Zacka has been in a pole position of innovation, sustainability, and global leadership within the FMCG arena.
A Global Perspective
Zacka has worked in most corners of the world, from Asia and North America to Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Throughout his wide-ranging career, he has witnessed a common thread among consumers worldwide—a shared concern for the environment and a growing desire for more sustainable packaging solutions that are not only functional but also exceed consumer needs.
This mutual concern for the environment highlights his commitment to making a positive impact. At Amcor, he is proud to be part of a business that places sustainability at the core of its mission. Amcor is actively engaged in continuous innovation, working towards products that are recyclable or reusable.
Driving Innovation for a Sustainable Future
Conceding there are challenges, Zacka emphasizes that there is more work to be done in the pursuit of sustainability. He confidently believes that everyone has a role to play in this collective effort. Zacka’s leadership priorities are committed to sustainable innovation, tackling intricate challenges with customers to ensure the safe provision of food, beverage, hygiene, and healthcare products to consumers around the globe.
As the world’s leading packaging company, Amcor understands the importance of sustainable packaging. Zacka advocates for an intimate understanding of the entire value chain, urging a continuous commitment to innovation and end-of-life solutions for packaging. This approach, he believes, is crucial to providing innovative and sustainable packaging solutions across the globe.
A Leader with a Vision
Zacka’s impression extends well beyond his role at Amcor. He serves on the board of Nouryon, a world leader in the Chemicals industry, whilst his past role as President and Chief Executive Officer of Tetra Pak, Inc., and President of Tetra Pak South Asia Pacific further showcase his wealth of experience and expertise in the packaging and FMCG sectors.
Zacka joined Amcor in July 2017 as Chief Commercial Officer whilst also taking on the additional role of President of Amcor’s flexible-packaging business in Asia Pacific from November 2017 to July 2019. His global perspective and extensive experience in packaging and fast-moving consumer goods have been impactful.
As the world wrestles with environmental challenges and the need for sustainable practices becomes increasingly urgent, leaders like Zacka are symbols of hope. With a guarantee of innovation, sustainability, and global collaboration, Zacka’s journey continues to inspire and drive positive change in the fast-paced world of consumer goods packaging. As he contributes towards a more sustainable future, the influence of his leadership will undoubtedly leave a lasting legacy in the industry.