On September 1, 2020, Cedric Ballay will assume the position of the Chief Executive Officer at the nonwovens producer PFNonwovens a.s. (PFN), Znojmo /Czech Republic and will take over from Allen Bodford, who has led the PFN group since the acquisition of First Quality Nonwovens in 2018.
Bodford will step down from all executive and statutory positions he holds in the PFN group and will become a non-executive member of the PFN Holding Board of Directors.
Ballay joins PFN from Berry Global Group, Inc., Evansville, IN/USA, where he served as Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Health, Hygiene & Specialties Division in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India (EMEIA). He joined Avintiv Inc., a Berry Global acquisition, in July 2013 as their Vice President for Sales and Product Development EMEIA after spending 16 years with General Electric Corp., Boston, MA/USA, progressing through leadership roles in Information Technologies, Lean 6 Sigma, Commercial and General Management.
Ballay is a board member of the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, Edana, Brussels/Belgium, and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from ESADE (Escola Superior d'Administració i Direcció d'Empreses), Barcelona/Spain, and a Master’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from the Grenoble Institute of Technology in Grenoble/France.