Members and Governance
ACE members include beverage carton producers Tetra Pak, SIG Combibloc and Elopak, and their main paperboard suppliers in Europe, BillerudKorsnäs and Stora Enso.
All member companies constitute the ACE General Assembly. This body approves governance policies and changes to the articles of association, and the annual budget and accounts. It elects the ACE Board of Directors every two years.
The Board of Directors consists of senior executives from the industry. The Board provides direction and supervision to the management (ACE secretariat), approves budget proposals, key actions and projects, and all association policies.
Members of the Board of Directors
Kristian Hall, ACE President
Kristian Hall is Director Environment at Elopak Group Headquarters in Oslo, Norway.
Kristian Hall joined Elopak in 2013 from Scatec Solar, a global provider of solar photovoltaic power plants, where he served as Vice President Supply Chain.
Kristian Hall holds an MSc degree in Environmental Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
Ola Svending, ACE Vice President
Ola Svending is Environmental Affairs Manager at Stora Enso Renewable Packaging.
Besides ACE, he is Chairman of the Board of Swedish EPR system for fibre based packaging - Returkartong.
He has worked in Stora Enso since 1997, mainly with Chain-of-Custody, LCA and recycling related issues.
Ola Svending holds an MSc in Environmental Engineering from Luleå University of Technology and a Licentiate degree in Environmental Systems Analysis from Chalmers University of Technology.
Petra Gerber is Manager Global Environmental Affairs & Product related Sustainability at SIG Combibloc.
Petra Gerber joined SIG in 1989 and held different positions within environmental affairs, public relations and sustainability areas.
She holds an MSc degree in beverage technology from Geisenheim University and a post-graduate degree in Business Engineering from Pforzheim University. She also took part in the MBA international exchange program at the University of South Carolina.
Erika Mink is the Vice President Public Affairs at Tetra Pak, a global market leader in food processing & packaging solutions with more than 23.000 employees. She has a longstanding experience in the area of sustainability and related public policies; particularly in areas such as packaging and extended producer responsibility, recycling, resource management, renewable materials and economic development. She serves as Board Member of The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) and as vice-chair in the Executive Committee of the European Association for Packaging and the Environment (EUROPEN).
Prior to joining Tetra Pak, Erika worked for a leading international consulting firm where she provided advice to clients in industry, development cooperation and finance institutions and government agencies on environment management and technologies, capacity building and institutional development.
Erika Mink received her M.Sc. in Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences, Giessen-Friedberg, School of Environmental Engineering and Industrial Hygiene (Germany) and studied Engineering at the University of Maryland (USA).
Henrik Essén is Senior Vice President Communication & Sustainability at BillerudKorsnäs.
He joined BillerudKorsnäs in 2011 after more than a decade in management consulting to the international paper and packaging industries. Prior to the current BillerudKorsnäs position, Henrik Essén worked with Business Intelligence and M&A.
Henrik Essén holds an MSc degree in Chemical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.
Members of ACE Secretariat sit on Board meetings in an ex-officio capacity.
Issue-specific groups and committees help to manage projects, analyse and, if necessary, develop positions on key EU policy and industry issues. They are managed by the ACE secretariat, support decisions to be made by the Board of Directors, and help execute projects.