Kevin Kelly '79 | Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School

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Kevin Kelly '79

Packaging executive Kevin Kelly, CEO of flexible packaging manufacturer Emerald Packaging Inc. in Union City, recently received the Western Plastics Association's highest honor, its 2013 Leo Shluker Award.

Kelly graduated from Santa Clara University with a bachelor's degree in political science and the London School of Economics with a master's degree in economics. He worked for nine years as a journalist with McGraw-Hill's BusinessWeek in the magazine's Los Angeles, Dallas and Chicago bureaus.

He joined Emerald Packaging in 1996, held various positions in the company and became CEO in 2002, following his father, James P. Kelly, who is married to Rosaleen Kelly ’51. Kevin Kelly's brother, James M. Kelly ‘76, is executive vice president for key accounts and their sister, Maura Kelly ’80 Koberlein, is executive vice president in charge of production scheduling.

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