Jonathan A. Kraft
President, The Kraft Group
The Kraft Group is a private holding company comprised of companies in the paper and packaging industries, sports and entertainment, real estate, and private equity investing. As President of The Kraft Group, Jonathan Kraft is actively involved in the day to day operations of all the Group's companies while maintaining a focus on driving the growth and diversification of the Group.
In paper and packaging the Group’s holdings include: Rand-Whitney Container, a manufacturer of corrugated containers; International Forest Products (IFP), a global trader of paper commodities; Rand-Whitney Containerboard and New-Indy Containerboard (in partnership with Schwarz Partners), manufacturers of 100% high performance recycled linerboard. Together these companies convert, produce and distribute over 5 million tons of paper and pulp annually.
In sports and entertainment the Group’s holdings include the New England Patriots, the National Football League’s 2001, 2003, 2004 & 2014 World Champions; New England Revolution, Major League Soccer’s five-time Eastern Conference Champions; Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place, located in Foxborough, Massachusetts and host to over 12.5 million visitors each year.
The Kraft Group is also involved in a number of real estate developments and holds numerous private equity and early stage venture capital investments.
A graduate of Williams College (1986), Kraft is a Trustee Emeritus and also chairs the school’s Investment Committee. Additionally, he received his MBA from Harvard Business School (1990) where he currently serves on the Dean’s board of advisors. Kraft is also on the board of trustees for Belmont Hill School, Dexter Southfield and Massachusetts General Hospital, where he also chairs the Finance Committee.
Ron Sasine, Principal, Hudson Windsor LLC (former Senior Director of Packaging Procurement, Walmart)
Ron Sasine served as Senior Director of Packaging for Walmart from 2009 to 2015, where he was responsible for packaging design, execution and sourcing for the company’s largest global brands. He created a new visual look for over 7,000 items, bringing a national brand design standard to the Great Value, Spring Valley, Equate Beauty and Parents’ Choice brands. He also created first-of-its-kind supply chain visibility for the global packaging market and Walmart’s more than 5,000 packaging providers. He led Walmart’s sustainable packaging initiative, achieving a 9% reduction in greenhouse gas impact.
Prior to joining Walmart, Ron was a marketing and manufacturing executive with MeadWestvaco (now WestRock). He led export sales of linerboard to Central America, directed international sales integration and business development, and served seven years as an expatriate heading up M&A for MeadWestvaco’s corrugated packaging and paperboard operations in Brazil and Latin America.
Ron is a graduate of the John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and of Brigham Young University. In addition, he recently served as an adjunct professor at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. He is a frequent commentator on the packaging industry and has been published in The New York Times, CNBC and USAToday.
Eduardo Posada, CEO Grupo Gondi
Eduardo Posada holds twenty-four years of experience in the paper and corrugated industry. Mr. Posada holds a B.Sc. in Economics with specialty in International Trade and Economic Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom.
After fourteen years working as an entrepreneur in family owned businesses in Colombia he joined Smurfit Latin America in 1991, then moved to Smurfit Cartón y Papel de México where he performed as General Manager, Regional Director of Corrugated Division, Vice President of Treasury & Strategic Planning, and Vice President of Folding Cartons.
In 2004 he joined Gondi Group as Chief Operating Offcer, and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in 2007.
Kevin Kallaugher, Editorial Cartoonist for the Economist
Kevin Kallaugher (Kal) is theinternational award-winning editorial cartoonist for the Economist and the Baltimore Sun. The first resident cartoonist in the Economist’s 145-year history, his diverse portfolio includes more than 8,000 cartoons, 140 covers, and six books. The World Encyclopedia of Cartoons said, “Commanding a masterful style, Kallaugher stands among the premier caricaturists of the (twentieth) century.” In a distinguished – and syndicated – career than spans 36 years, his work has appeared in more than 100 publications worldwide, including Le Monde, the International Herald Tribune, the New York Times, TIME, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, and the Washington Post.
Kal shares his unique take on current events, politics, and the economy. He has lectured at TED, Harvard, Pixar, and Google, and his commentaries have engaged, enraged, and entertained readers and leaders around the globe. In lively and entertaining illustrated presentations, he utilizes his sharp wit and biting insight to tackle the issues of the day with well-placed humor and precision art. His presentation is capped off with live drawing of his favorite targets and a surprise for the audience (their own original cartoons to take home).
Awards, Publications, and International Exhibition. Kal has garnered international honors and awards in seven countries and held exhibitions of his work in 12. He was a 2015 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in editorial cartooning and won the 2015 Herblock Prize and the 2014 Grand Prix for Cartoon of the Year in Europe. In addition to cartoons, his work includes three award-winning, illustrated wall calendars; acclaimed animations; and a 2008 board game about the financial crisis entitled “Credit Crunch.” In 2013, he published a major retrospective collection of his Economist drawings entitled Daggers Drawn: 35 Years of Kal Cartoons in The Economist. An earlier collection of his Economist work, Drawn from The Economist, was printed in 1988. Four collections of his Baltimore Sun cartoons have also been published: KALtoons (1992), KAL Draws a Crowd (1996), KAL Draws the Line (2000), and KAL Draws Criticism (2006). He also launched his first iPhone app in 2010.
Print and Animation Career. Early in his career Kal spent 10 years working in London as a cartoonist for publications like the Observer, the Sunday Telegraph, Today, and the Mail on Sunday. He returned to the U.S. in 1988 to join the Baltimore Sun as its editorial cartoonist. Between 1988 and 2006, he drew more than 4,000 cartoons for the Sun while continuing to draw two cartoons per week for the Economist. After a six year hiatus, Kal rejoined the Sun in 2012. In 2007, he teamed up with Chicago’s famous Second City comedy troupe for a six-city touring show called “The Art of Satire.”
Kal also has an extensive animation career. He worked with animation legends to produce an award-winning, 30-second television commercial and later flash animation video for ABC’s Nightline and CNN’s Lou Dobbs. He is also the artist-in-residence at the Imaging Research Center at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where he explores the development of 3-D digital caricatures that can be animated in real-time. He has since launched an animation company named Kaltoons.