Capitalizing on an outstanding business career that includes a decade’s worth of packaging industry experience, Somic America, Inc. announces the appointment of LeahNé Thiele as administrative services manager. She will report to Peter Fox, VP of sales.

The hiring dovetails the recent news about the company moving North American headquarters from Chicago to Eagan, MN., a Minneapolis suburb. A Twin City area resident, Thiele has 30 years experience and joins Somic after serving as Finance Manager for the Church of St. Odilia. She was responsible for all financial reporting at the Catholic Church and school, and was involved as part of a team in a successful capital campaign that raised over $6 million.

Thiele’s packaging industry days took place at her previous job where she was the director of packaging materials at Delkor Systems for nine years. In addition to overseeing financial reporting and providing analysis, she managed department staff that serviced customers. Prior work includes a 12-year run with Ecolab that included progression in the Finance department and culminated as Fleet Manager for one of top 40 largest fleets in the U.S.

“It is a very interesting opportunity with everything taking place at Somic. I worked with Peter Fox and Luke Gardner (customer support manager) previously and they are good people,” said Thiele. “During my time at Delkor, I learned a lot about packaging equipment. That knowledge, plus the plan for growth, helped influence my decision to join Somic.”

“I am very excited to have LeahNé join our company,” said Peter Fox. “She is a very meticulous and ethical person and she has succeeded in every position she has worked. This is the perfect role for her with Somic and I know she will be a great addition to our staff.”