Catherine Browne, MBA ’98

Catherine is the recipient of the The Western Plastics Association’s  2011 Leo Shluker Award. She is the general manager of Crown Poly Inc. in Huntington Park, Calif., and her contributions to the industry were recently recognized during an award ceremony for the group’s highest honor.



“Cathy is marvelous,” said Robert Bateman, president of Roplast Industries Inc. “She is so organized and positive. She thinks things through and does not make a fuss out of it.”

“It is a total pleasure to work with Cathy,” said Stephen Joseph of San Francisco, counsel for the industry-advocate Save the Plastic Bag Coalition. “She is super smart, enormously passionate, ridiculously hard working and extremely effective and productive.” Crown Poly was a founding member of the coalition.

Catherine got her start in the film extrusion business with Danbury, Conn.-based Himolene Corp. more than 24 years ago. She served as assistant to the vice president of manufacturing and secretary for the board of directors of Himolene, a subsidiary of First Brands Corp. Next, she joined Rhino-X Industries Inc. of Los Angeles and was operations manager with responsibility for a startup operation for the trash can liner manufacturer.

In 1991, she became Crown Poly’s second employee, starting as operations manager and then general manager. Crown Poly extrudes film and prints and converts bags and provides and maintains polycarbonate and stainless-steel dispensing hardware. Catherine has responsibility for the firm’s financial profit and loss performance, strategic direction for the innovative premium Pull-N-Pak and Hippo Sak supermarket packaging systems and oversight of manufacturing, domestic and international sales and finance and administration functions. Crown Poly has about 300 employees.

Catherine received a bachelor of arts degree in economics from the University of California at San Diego and a master of business administration degree from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management.

Catherine Browne, MBA ’98

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