Georges Gravanis is president of the Label and Graphic Materials business for Avery Dennison. He is currently based in The Netherlands.
Georges is responsible for managing the $4.5 billion global pressure-sensitive materials businesses comprised of Label and Packaging Materials, Graphics Solutions and Reflective Solutions.
He was elected to this position in April 2015 by the Board of Directors after serving as vice president and general manager of the Asia Pacific division of the Materials Group since August 2010. Prior to that, Georges held several leadership roles with Avery Dennison, including vice president of sales, Roll Materials Europe, from May 2006 to July 2010; vice president/general manager, Roll Materials Europe Southern Region, from March 2004 to April 2006; and general manager, Roll Materials France, from May 2003 to March 2004.
Before joining Avery Dennison, Georges held various business, manufacturing and product development positions in notable chemical companies across the UK, USA, France and Germany. He received his doctorate degree in polymer chemistry from Scientific University in Grenoble, France in 1986.
We asked Georges:
What inspires you?
An old friend, who despite tough business times, ups and downs in life, would always exude such a joyful and positive energy and strike an enviable balance between business, family and personal interests.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Summer in the Greek islands, Winter skiing in the Alps and in between Hong Kong; I love the sea and mountains and the buzz and positive energy of Asia being in Hong Kong.
Apart from spending time with family and friends, what do you like to do with your spare time?
I would love to set up a business with my son, for my son...and being out in nature doing sports.