Clovis, California-based Calpine Containers has appointed senior executive Sean Gallagher as CEO, succeeding Walt Tindell who will be retiring at the end of the year. Gallagher brings leadership experience built over almost two decades in the packaging and distribution industries.
Gallagher was previously SVP and general manager for Saxco International, a distributor of rigid packaging to the food and beverage industries. While at Saxco, he led a transformative change in the company’s western business that resulted in successive years of double-digit growth.
Before his time with Saxco, he was the VP of wine sales with Owens-Illinois, where he was based in Fairfield, California. He spent the earlier part of his career with E&J Gallo leading sales teams in the Sacramento and San Francisco regions.
“Sean brings with him a successful track record leading business strategy, customer and supplier development in public and privately-owned businesses,” Tindell said.
“We are excited to have found such a talented and seasoned leader to take Calpine through its next phase of growth and innovation. I’m most excited about how he and the executive leadership team are positioned to further advance engagement, collaboration, and innovation with our customers and suppliers.”
Calpine Containers is one of the largest West Coast packaging distributors serving the agriculture industry. Backed by Rainier Partners since early 2021, the company has been focused on accelerating growth while maintaining its focus on quality, reliability and customer service.
“I am honored to join this iconic company where leaders and employees consider themselves part of a true family,” Gallagher said.
“I am excited to continue in this tradition that prioritizes customer and supplier partnerships as we work to continuously improve on our superior experiences and products to our customers that in turn help feed the world.”