Melaynie Perkins
Business Unit General Manager, Corrugated Packaging
WestRock

“I am inspired by the diverse challenges and opportunities offered in manufacturing. It is rewarding to create innovative and cost-efficient solutions while bringing value to our customers, communities and shareholders. I am excited to be among the leaders moving manufacturing into the future.” 


Melaynie led WestRock’s Mississippi Business Unit to rise from underperforming status to a reliable contributor within the organization. Comprised of three operating facilities generating more than $150 million in revenue, her Business Unit now exceeds executive leadership’s 2020 strategic vision. To accomplish this, Melaynie reorganized the Business Unit’s organizational structure, implemented strategies to drive performance improvements and executed strategic cost controls in conjunction with a targeted plan to grow sales. Under her leadership, margins have improved 7.5 percent, and labor costs are under budget by 8.8 percent while producing 2.25 percent more volume.

Melaynie's diligence and leadership led the Business Unit to achieve world-class safety performance in 2017. Keeping with the company’s commitment to provide a safe working environment for all employees, Melaynie’s efforts have resulted in improved safety culture and accountability within facilities. Having advanced from within the WestRock organization herself, Melaynie is committed to identifying and providing growth opportunities for high-potential employees as well as local students. Actively supporting talent development initiatives to create strong future leaders within WestRock, Melaynie and her team have partnered with several employees to create targeted plans and opportunities to advance their careers and skills. Likewise, she and her team have reached out to local colleges and technical schools to facilitate internship and work study opportunities for students.

Melaynie’s leadership spans beyond her position with WestRock where her efforts have helped secure current and future manufacturing jobs within multiple facilities. She has also served as a mentor to underprivileged children enrolled at Stigall Middle School, encouraging students to reach for their greatest potential. In addition, Melaynie and the Mississippi Business Unit support local food banks, hurricane relief efforts, the Go Red for Women campaign for the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Boys and Girls Club, Saltillo High Future Business Leaders and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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