Avery Dennison Corporation announced the appointment of Sam O’Keefe as vice president of research and development (R&D) for its Label and Graphic Materials group in Europe (LGM-EU), effective immediately. She will be based at Oegstgeest, the Netherlands, reporting to Pascale Wautelet, vice president of global R&D. She will become part of the European leadership team of LGM and have a dotted reporting line to Jeroen Diderich, vice president and general manager of LGM-EU.
Sam brings more than 25 years of industrial experience and materials science with major international companies. She joins Avery Dennison from Sensient Technologies, where she worked as technical director – Industrial Colors. Prior to Sensient, she held technical and leadership roles with several companies, including Unilever, InterfaceFlor, Ashland and Saint-Gobain.
Sam earned her Ph.D. in physical science (rheology of polymer-modified cements) and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry in Bristol, England.