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Perc Pineda, PhD, returns to the role of Chief Economist at the Plastics Industry Association, a position he previously held from April 2017 until February of this year.

July 14, 2022

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The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) announced today that Perc Pineda, PhD, has returned to the role of Chief Economist, effective immediately.

Pineda previously held that position from April 2017 until February of this year. Pineda’s departure foreshadowed a shakeup at the top of the association, when President and CEO Tony Radoszewski left on March 25. He has been replaced by Matt Seaholm.


Perc Pineda, Chief Economist, Plastics Industry Association.

A member of the PLASTICS’ senior team, Pineda will serve as the primary expert on economics, statistics, and industry research, providing regular updates on the impact of national and global economies to association members and the public. Pineda will produce various publications, including PLASTICS’ annual Size & Impact report, analyzing the contributions of the plastics industry to the US economy. He will also be PLASTICS’ public voice, addressing industry issues pertaining to the economy, said the association.

“We are excited to have Perc return to the PLASTICS team,” said President and CEO Matt Seaholm. “Perc’s invaluable ability to identify economic trends and forecast the state of the marketplace is highly regarded and regularly anticipated by our members.”

Prior to returning to PLASTICS, Pineda served as Senior Economist of the Credit Union National Association, where he tracked macroeconomic trends, conducted economic research, wrote articles for industry publications, and interfaced with the media. Pineda’s career experience also includes teaching macroeconomics at St. Francis College in New York, and Microeconomics, Finance, and Economics of Regulations and the Law at City University of New York.

Prior to his academic endeavors, Pineda served as an analyst for the International Monetary Fund. He holds both a PhD and Master of Philosophy degree in economics from The New School (formerly The New School for Social Research), a master’s degree in economics from American University, and a master’s degree in international management from the University of Maryland.

“The plastics industry’s value-add — its contribution to the economy — is a major force within all manufacturing sectors,” said Pineda upon his return. “I welcome the opportunity to, once again, provide economic, industry, and market intel to the hundreds of PLASTICS member companies throughout the supply chain and to the industry at large.”

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