Sheri H. Edison
AK Steel (NYSE: AKS)
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Sheri Edison is Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Bemis Company, Inc., a manufacturer of flexible packaging and pressure sensitive materials for leading food consumer products, healthcare and other enterprises worldwide. At Bemis, Ms. Edison’s responsibilities include corporate governance, trade compliance, enterprise risk management and product safety and stewardship.
Prior to joining Bemis in 2010, Ms. Edison served as Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Hill-Rom, a global medical device manufacturer and supplier of medical technologies and related services to the health care industry. As CAO, Ms. Edison gained broad functional and operational leadership experience in medical device and general manufacturing. She improved efficiencies and performance in several critical business functions, including IT, Supplier Quality and Regulatory Affairs. In collaboration with the CFO and other members of the executive team, Ms. Edison designed and implemented multiple continuous improvement initiatives to improve operational efficiency and reduce operating expenses. One notable achievement was the double digit reduction of enterprise-wide discretionary spending, together with the creation of metrics and tools to ensure sustainable savings in future years.
Ms. Edison’s broad based business experience includes a stint as owner, President and Co-Chief Executive Officer of a company that operated a three-store chain of specialty retail franchise stores in northeastern Ohio. In this role, Ms. Edison acquired sales, marketing and operational experience while also developing strategic leadership skills.
Ms. Edison earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Journalism from the University of Southern California and a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law. She currently serves on the board of the Appleton Performing Arts Center, and is a member of NACD Corporate Directors Institute, the FM Global Advisory Board and Women Business Leaders of the United States Healthcare Industry. Ms. Edison has been a guest lecturer and past member of the Business Advisory Board at the Boler School of Business at John Carroll University, and a guest lecturer in the Business Scholars Program at Hanover College.