Paul France

Paul France

Vice President of Open Innovation

MeadWestvaco

Paul France is the Vice President of Open Innovation at MeadWestvaco, where he leads the Open Innovation team in identifying, evaluating and securing breakthrough technologies. He is also responsible for Knowledge Management and Technology Partnering to accelerate growth through innovation. Prior to joining MeadWestvaco, Mr. France was a Principal Engineer for The Procter & Gamble Company. In his 18 years with P&G, Mr. Paul France has had global assignments in both R&D and Corporate Engineering.

He holds 66 granted US patents and a dozen published articles. He served on the board of directors of Anatech NV (Leuven, Belgium) from 1993-2007. He speaks frequently at industry seminars and universities on topics ranging from emerging technologies, global innovation cultures and business needs in the packaging industry.

A native from Belgium and a citizen of the United States, Mr. France received a B.S and M.S. degree in Bio-Engineering from the University of Ghent, Belgium. He also holds a MBA from the University of Phoenix (2006).

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