Our executive leadership team

Meet the executive leadership team for CHEP North America:

Laura Nador

Laura Nador
 

President
CHEP North America

Laura joined Brambles in 2003 and was appointed President, CHEP North America and a member of Brambles’ Executive Leadership Team, effective January 1, 2018. Prior to this, Laura held a number of senior leadership roles at CHEP. In July 2016, she was appointed Senior Vice President / General Manager of the CHEP USA Pooled Pallets business and then President, CHEP USA in March 2017, when she assumed additional responsibilities for the CHEP Recycled Pallets, Pallecon and Automotive businesses in the USA. Earlier, Laura had a successful tenure as Vice President, Supply Chain in CHEP Latin America, where she drove a strong network optimization and accelerated automation strategy. In 2008, she was Vice President and Country General Manager, CHEP Iberia. Despite the significant economic headwinds in Spain at the time, Laura grew the CHEP Iberia business, improved customer relationships and strengthened the leadership team. In 2006, she was Vice President, RPCs (Reusable Plastic Crates), Europe. Laura started her career with Brambles as Director, Retail Sales, CHEP Europe.

Prior to Brambles, Laura worked for a number of years at the Fortune 500 logistics company, Ryder. Laura holds a Master of Engineering from the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and a Master in Business Administration from the London Business School.

Frank Bozzo

Frank Bozzo
 

Vice President and Country General Manager
CHEP Canada and Pallecon North America

Frank joined Brambles in 2003 and was promoted to Vice President and Country General Manager, CHEP Canada in 2020. In 2022 he assumed responsibility for the Pallecon North America business. He began his career with the company as Manager, Sales, CHEP Canada, and was promoted to National Director in 2012. Throughout his 19-year career with CHEP, Frank’s customer-centric approach has helped build lasting, strategic relationships with customers, and he’s been instrumental in onboarding some of the largest customers in Canada. His involvement with leading Supply Chain and Sales associations brings tremendous value to his work. Frank was promoted to Senior Director, Sales and Customer Service, in 2017, and held that position until his promotion to the Canadian leadership role.

Frank has a Bachelor of Arts in marketing from Niagara College, is completing a Bachelor of Management degree from Athabasca University. Outside of his education achievements he also holds a Certified Sales Professional (CSP) Designation with Distinction.

Tyler Vassar

Tyler Vassar
 

Senior Vice President, Supply Chain and Manufacturing Operations
CHEP North America

Tyler Vassar serves as the Senior Vice President for Supply Chain, Logistics, and Manufacturing Operations for CHEP North America (Brambles AUX: BXB), overseeing all facilities and operations for the pallet businesses, the Pallecon business and the automotive, reusable containers business for U.S.

Prior to joining CHEP in 2018, Tyler served as Vice President, Global Supply Chain for Baxter Healthcare (NYS: BAX), an industry leader in manufacturing and distribution of life-saving medical products with more than $11B in annual sales. Tyler has also previously served as the Chief Procurement Officer and Vice President of the Global Supply Chain for Joy Global Inc. (NASDAQ: JOYG) and Vice President, Global Supply Chain for Danfoss Fluid Power.

Tyler gained much of his early leadership experience with the General Electric Company and as a Commissioned Officer in the United States Navy where he completed three successful tours of duty. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Business Administration from Bowling Green State University.

Vishal Patell

Vishal Patell
 

Senior Vice President, Marketing, Strategy and Transformation
CHEP North America

Vishal joined CHEP in 2004 and was named Senior Vice President for Marketing, Strategy and Transformation in 2021 after previously holding the position of Vice President for Marketing and Customer Solutions since February 2018. During his first few years at CHEP, Vishal held various roles in supply chain, strategy and general management. In 2007-2008, he helped launch the CHEP business in India and served as Director, Supply Chain until June 2011. After returning to the U.S., Vishal led the strategy function for CHEP Americas until August 2013, when he was named Vice President for Retail Supply Chain Solutions for CHEP USA. In that role, Vishal managed relationships with the company’s top 100 retail customers.

Vishal has previous supply chain experience in the apparel and pharmaceutical industries. He holds a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Southern California and an MBA in International Business from the University of South Carolina.

James Ryan

James Ryan
 

Senior Vice President, Retail Supply Chain Solutions and Asset Control
CHEP USA

JR joined CHEP in 2018 and is the Senior Vice President of Retail Supply Chain Solutions and Asset Control. Prior to joining CHEP, JR held different leadership positions at The Coca-Cola Company, and before that, at the Pepsi Bottling Group. He holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Dayton.

Drew Merrill

 

Senior Vice President, Sales and Customer Experience
CHEP USA

Drew joined CHEP in 2003 and transitioned into his current position as Senior Vice President, Sales and Customer Experience in February 2022, after serving four years as Vice President of National Accounts. Throughout his time at CHEP, he has focused on reducing cost, eliminating waste, and mitigating risk across various supply chains in the food, beverage, automotive, industrial, and chemical sectors. In his prior roles, he led two North American business units: CHEP Automotive & Industrial Solutions and CHEP Pallecon Solutions. Externally, he has served as a board member, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Reusable Packaging Association, pushing the demand curve for reusable packaging through speaking engagements and publications. 

Before joining CHEP, Drew spent 10 years in Silicon Valley leading teams in the development of technology solutions for Fortune 500 tech companies.

Amber Cantu

Amber Cantu

VP, Human Resources
CHEP North America

Amber Cantu joined CHEP in 2022 and serves as the Vice President of Human Resources for CHEP North America. She leads a team of human resources professionals focused on setting and executing people strategies and creating an employee experience that promotes engagement, inclusivity and development. After graduating from the McCombs Business School at University of Texas at Austin, Amber started her career in Finance leading large-scale mergers and acquisition projects. However, she quickly found her passion for people led her to the world of HR.

Prior to CHEP, Amber held varying human resources roles with large organizations, including Philips and EssilorLuxottica. She was most recently the head of human resources for Dell’s Global Supply Chain, Operations & Digital group, which included over 11,000 team members in more than 30 countries. Amber was also the executive sponsor for Latino Connection, one of Dell’s global Employee Resource Groups.

Berry Sevriens

Chief Financial Officer
CHEP North America

Berry joined Brambles in 2004 and was appointed to Chief Financial Officer, CHEP North America, in 2020. He joined the company as a Finance leader in Belgium and Germany before being appointed to CFO for CHEP Europe, Africa, Middle East & India in 2017. Throughout his 18-year career with CHEP, Berry’s passion and determination for outstanding performance has propelled his vision to create a North America Finance Team that is dedicated to partnering with the business to support the North America growth strategy.

Berry has a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Zuyd University, Sittard, Netherlands. He is also a graduate of the INSEAD Business School.

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