Global leadership changes for Smithers Pira, Smithers Rapra

Following the retirement of president Jim Dowey, Smithers announces various leadership changes including the promotion Nat Leonard, former vice president of Smithers Rapra / Smithers Pira North America.

Smithers Pira leadershipSmithers recently announced that Nathaniel “Nat” Leonard has been appointed President of Smithers Rapra / Smithers Pira. Following the retirement of 8 year president, Jim Dowey, Leonard will take over responsibility for the global Smithers Rapra / Smithers Pira business units.

“Nat’s commitment to excellence, combined with his industry knowledge and vision make him the perfect choice to lead the continued growth of Smithers Rapra and Smithers Pira for many years to come”, explains Smithers Group president and CEO Michael Hochschwender. Leonard previously held the position as the vice president for Smithers Rapra / Smithers Pira North America and other leadership roles with Republic Steel, Veyance Technologies Inc. and Goodyear.

In an effort to promote growth and best serve their clients, Smithers initiated serval other internal shifts and promotions within the organization which included James Popio being appointed vice president - North America and Sam Sheppard Fidler, vice president - Europe. Popio formerly held the position as vice president of Smithers Rapra / Smithers Pira EU and has served with Smithers for 15 years. Sam Sheppard Fidler is a 20 year member of the Pira team in the UK and will now assume the lead role of European business operations.


About Smithers Pira         

For more than 50 years, Smithers Pira has become the worldwide authority on the paper, packaging and print supply chains.  Our comprehensive testing facilities helps is to support our clients from the initial product development stage through material and primary pack testing to packaging performance testing, including food contact and distribution and package testing.

About The Smithers Group

Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, The Smithers Group includes Smithers Apex, Smithers Avanza, Smithers Pira, Smithers Quality Assessments, Smithers Rapra, and Smithers Viscient. Each Smithers Group company provides technology-based services focused on a defined market. As a group the diversity of market sectors and technologies provides stability and a platform for long-term growth. By integrating science, technology and business expertise, Smithers goal is to add value throughout the life cycle of our clients’ products, by utilizing testing, consulting, information, and compliance services. All Smithers companies are known by their clients as Trusted Providers of Innovative Solutions.