Richard Cranston’s commitment to fostering a people-centric culture and developing client-based solutions has made him a respected leader in the Global packaging industry. Richard is the Managing Director of BW Container Systems' operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa. His responsibilities across the EMEA region include sales, aftermarket, engineering, supply chain, manufacturing operations, project management and service. Richard joined BW Container Systems in 2007 as Director of Operations for our UK facility in Doncaster, England.
With nearly 30 years of experience in the packaging industry, Richard truly has a Global perspective on the business. A native of the UK, Richard began his Barry-Wehmiller career as a Project Leader for the Barry-Wehmiller Design Group in 1997. Richard re-located to St. Louis, MO and began a distinguished career that saw him assist clients in a variety of industries, including juice, can-making, soft drink and pharmaceutical. Cranston began his packaging career at the age of 16 when he was hired by Metal Box (now Crown) as an apprentice. His positions at Metal Box took him around the Globe, most notably to Southeast Asia, where he was a Controls and Commissioning Engineer. His Global perspective has proven invaluable and has led to significant growth for our UK business while his leadership has greatly expanded opportunities for the Doncaster, England-based team.
Richard is a passionate advocate of the Barry-Wehmiller culture and its focus on creating opportunities for team members. “I have spent nearly 2 decades with Barry-Wehmiller and during that time I have been given great career opportunities, and I have also seen and experienced the BW culture first-hand. In 2007, I was given a great opportunity to lead Manufacturing Operations in Doncaster. At that time I had a number of experiences to leverage, including Project and Account Management, but I had little Operations experience. The company gave me a great prospect to return to my roots in the UK and trusted me with a lot of people’s lives. I take that very seriously. It is my responsibility to make sure that our team members in the UK get the same types of opportunities to grow that I had. We touch people’s lives. That’s the foundation of the BW culture. The way that my family and I were treated when I joined the business won me over and I’ve never had any thoughts of working anywhere else.”
Richard and his wife reside near Doncaster, England.
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