Nexgen Packaging, a provider of packaging for the retail, apparel and footwear industries, hired James Welch as CEO. Welch assumed the role in October, after having been the company’s co-CEO since June 2021. Co-founder Andy Effron moved from the co-CEO role to the chairman.

Welch joined Nexgen Packaging in 2016 as EVP/GM of North America and the EU, then became company president in 2017 and co-CEO in 2021. Before Nexgen, Welch was with Motorola Solutions (MSI) working in various leadership roles, including SVP and GM Field Operations, MSI Enterprise business. Previously, Welch held CEO positions and advisory roles for software startups in Austin, TX.

“Nexgen has demonstrated persistent sustained growth over the past decade, while expanding operations globally to better service our customers. Customer interest in our products and innovative offerings continues to grow stronger,” said Effron. “Since joining Nexgen in 2016, Jim has continuously worked to strengthen our leadership team and improve operational capabilities. With Jim as CEO, Nexgen is well-positioned to capitalize on market opportunities by continuing to make strategic investments in our people, software, and global capabilities. Jim’s experience leading large global organizations is what we need to succeed in the fast-moving global market and to drive accelerated growth in the coming years.”