Karen Crisp
Plant Manager
Sealed Air Corporation

“I am passionate about manufacturing because success takes ingenious collaboration of a diverse group of people dedicated to serving our customers. I enjoy the fast-paced environment, and team work through problem solving. Each day I am honored to work with talented people to bring products to life.”

As Multisite Plant Manager of Sealed Air Corporation, Karen manages two manufacturing sites with yearly sales and intercompany transfers equaling $129 million per year—while also serving as the Manufacturing Manager of three global product lines. Karen’s leadership and cross-functional collaboration have been critical to major projects supporting production and process equipment improvements of Sealed Air’s inflatable Bubble Wrap® product, also known as NewAir IB®.

Karen’s strong planning skills have guided her teams on the use of production networks and new product market entry strategies to ensure that Sealed Air is a formidable competitor. Consistently demonstrating outstanding communication and leadership skills, Karen influences team members to expand their critical thinking. She exemplifies Sealed Air’s core competencies of “Never Totally Satisfied, Customer Obsessed, Owner Mentality, and Agile through Adversity.” As a powerful team builder who empowers employees to grow their careers, Karen’s leadership skills have had a strong impact on her peers, support departments and managers.

When Karen served on Sealed Air’s Women’s Initiative Network steering committee, she encouraged employees to grow their careers, led employee teams to develop process improvements and more. Karen has developed an open communication line for employees to trust in her guidance, and listens carefully to those who voice their ideas within the organization. For instance, Karen provided support to a team of employees whose vision ultimately went on to receive a 2016 Gold Key, the highest level of achievement in the company’s Keys to Success program.

Karen’s passion for empowering those around her is evident through her role at the Caldwell County Hired Education Program, where she works with teachers to increase student awareness about opportunities surrounding careers in manufacturing. Also passionate about agriculture, Karen has allowed youth to visit her family farm to plant and harvest vegetables, and worked with local 4-H chapters.

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