Philanthropic Leadership from Pamplin College of Business Graduate Catalyzes New Asali Learning Accelerator | VTX


Asali is no stranger to focusing on the needs of industry and the global community. As a global leader in environmentally friendly paper-based packaging solutions for e-commerce and industrial supply chains, Ranpak is committed to improving supply chain performance and costs while reducing the environmental impact. In his role as Chief Executive Officer, Asali is focused on the ongoing transformation of Ranpak’s history, which now spans 50 years, as a market leader in systems-based sustainable packaging solutions.

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Asali ensured that donations were made to local food pantries near Ranpak’s headquarters in Concord, Ohio and the Netherlands, as well as to the Cleveland Clinic in the ‘Ohio and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. These funds covered on-site meals, toilet blocks and accommodation for hospital staff treating patients with COVID-19, as well as the delivery of meals to hospital staff infected with the virus.

Asali is also no stranger to giving back to his alma mater. He has served on the board of the Virginia Tech Foundation since 2018, was a Wells Fargo Distinguished Lecturer at Pamplin, and gave a guest lecture at the college’s 2021 Ethics Week on the role of sustainability in the future of businesses. companies. Asali hired graduate students from the Virginia Tech College of Engineering, and Ranpak loaned equipment to the College of Natural Resources to support learning activities.

Asali’s distinctive leadership continues to improve our environment and the future of our society. By naming one of the most used and important spaces within GBAC, Asali will enable a new educational experience that will prepare generations of Pamplin graduates for the workforce.

“Rula and I are proud to support educational initiatives that mentor students both in the classroom and in applied situations,” Asali said. “Having immigrated to the United States from Jordan, I am grateful for the education I received from the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech. The foundation of my undergraduate studies 30 years ago prepared me well for the workforce and for Columbia University’s School of Business GBAC’s vision elevates Virginia Tech’s reputation and reach with world-class facilities that bring together business, engineering, and science in a single ecosystem.

Asali continued, “I am both an entrepreneur and an investor. In addition to being Chairman and CEO of Ranpak, I am Chairman of One Madison Group, where I invest my own capital alongside other partners with a long-term, multi-generational vision. GBAC is a multigenerational philanthropic investment that will impact the next 50-year trajectory for business education and prepare the next generation of leaders to solve the complex problems facing business and society.


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