Leadership

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 17-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 joined CHEP in 2018 as Senior Vice President, Supply Chain and Manufacturing Operations, overseeing facilities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Before joining CHEP, Tyler held leadership positions at General Electric, Baxter Healthcare (NYS: BAX), Danfoss A.S., and Komatsu Mining. He gained much of his early leadership experience with the General Electric Company successful tours as an Officer in the United States Navy. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from The University of Tennessee and a Master of Arts degree in 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 Vice President for Marketing and Customer Solutions in February 2018. During his first few years at CHEP, Vishal held various roles in Supply Chain, Strategy and General Management. In 2007, 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 Service
CHEP USA

Drew joined CHEP in 2003 and moved into his current position as Senior Vice President, Sales and Customer Service in Feb. 2022. 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. He currently lives in Milton, GA, with his wife and three children.

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