Dennis M. Kitchen
Dennis M. Kitchen, 47, is Vice President Human Resources (HR) of BWAY Corporation, a leading North American supplier of general line metal and rigid plastic containers.
With 23 years of HR experience in manufacturing environments, Dennis is responsible for designing and implementing BWAY’s HR strategy to support long- and short-term business goals, and leading a team that manages all aspects of the company’s day-to-day HR activities. This includes directing five regional HR leaders, and overseeing union and non-union plants, Compensation, Benefits and Wellness programming among other activities.
Prior to joining BWAY in his current role in 2010 and throughout his career, Dennis has assumed progressively more challenging HR leadership roles. Most recently, he worked as Vice President Human Resources for Griffin Pipe responsible for strategic HR initiatives. Additionally, he served as a divisional Human Resources Director at Alcan Packaging responsible for all facets of the function, including developing talent, co-chairing the labor negotiating team and developing new Marketing and Sales organizations to support growth.
Earlier, Dennis spent 18 years in the automotive and aircraft industry, spending 13 years with BorgWarner in a succession of positions including Director Human Resources Americas. During this period, he developed HR strategies and plans to facilitate start-up operations, manufacturing transfers and employee wellness programs. While there, he also was team lead developing and implementing a divisional HR shared services plan. Dennis began his career spending five years with Navistar, where he served as the HR representative for a large, unionized workforce after a stint as a production supervisor.
Committed to community involvement, Dennis served as President of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of West Cook County from 2006 to 2010.
He holds a Master of Science degree in Management from National Louis University, Chicago, Illinois, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.
Updated: November 20, 2013