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Arno Melchior
Reckitt Benckiser (Brands) Ltd (Global Packaging Director)
+44 1753 878-227 / http://www.rb.com
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Arno started his career as a Mechanical Engineer with Opel (General Motors) Germany. In 1988, he joined Merck as a Packaging Project Manager before moving on to Reckitt & Colman to head their German Packaging Development Division. In 1997 he was promoted to European Packaging Category Leader Fabric & Floor Care at Reckitt & Colman France.

Arno joined Benckiser Germany in 1998 as Packaging Manager. After the merger of Reckitt & Colman and Benckiser, Arno was appointed Global Supply Excellence Project Manager with the task to identify synergies and to harmonise and optimize both product and packaging of the new company. In 2002, he was promoted to Director of the Global Supply Excellence Team and established an ongoing cost-optimisation process.

He took over his current position of Global Packaging Director of RB* in 2004.

He is a member of the following Institutions/Associations:
. IOPP (Institute of Packaging Professionals, USA) where he is also a founding member of the Packaging Executive Committee
. German Packaging engineers association BDVI
. Advisory board of the German Packaging Design magazine "Creativ verpacken"
. Packaging working group of the German Cosmetics and Detergent manufacturers association (IKW)
. Packaging Task Force of A.I.S.E. the International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products
. Judge for the UK Packaging Award

*RB is the trading name of Reckitt Benckiser group of companies

RB is the world's leading consumer health and hygiene company. The company has operations in over 60 countries, with headquarters in London, Dubai and Amsterdam, and sales in almost 200 countries. The company employs approximately 37,000 people worldwide.

RB is in the top 20 of companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. Today it is the global No1 or No2 in the majority of its fast-growing categories, driven by an exceptional rate of innovation. Its health, hygiene and home portfolio is led by 19 global Powerbrands of Nurofen, Strepsils, Gaviscon, Mucinex, Durex, Scholl, Clearasil, Lysol, Dettol, Veet, Harpic, Bang, Mortein, Finish, Vanish, Calgon, Air Wick, Woolite and French's. 80% of core revenues came from the health and hygiene categories of the portfolio.