Meridian Adhesives Group, a manufacturer of high-value adhesive technologies, has announced the appointment of John Baker as the company’s chief human resources officer.
As a strategic partner to Meridian’s executive team, Baker will be responsible for building upon the company’s workforce and organizational culture. With extensive experience working with international teams, he will also help unite Meridian’s HR efforts globally as the company continues to expand.
Prior to joining Meridian, Baker served as VP, Human Resources at WestRock. As a member of WestRock’s HR leadership team, Baker was responsible for the company’s human resources strategies for Innovation and Latin America.
“I am looking forward to John’s expertise joining our Meridian team,” said Daniel Pelton, CEO of Meridian Adhesives. “His experience and vision will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in shaping our organization’s culture, ensuring that our most valuable asset, our people, continues to grow and excel.”
Throughout his career at WestRock, Baker held roles leading global Human Resources teams in many areas of WestRock’s business including consumer packaging and manufacturing and supply chain. He was also an expatriate in Europe for three years leading the company’s Europe, India, and Asia Pacific HR teams.
“I am very excited to join Meridian and work with Dan and the team to build a world-class organization, leveraging the strong foundation that already exists,” said Baker. “I look forward to collaborating with talented team members across the globe to enhance the strategic capabilities that will position Meridian for continued growth and success.”
Baker holds a B.S. in Public Affairs from Indiana University as well as a Master’s Degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota.