Distinguished Executive Award

Lake Forest Graduate School of Management is proud to announce Kenneth A. Hoffman as this year's Distinguished Executive Award recipient.

Each year since 1978, one Lake Forest Graduate School of Management alumni is honored. The Distinguished Executive Award goes to a notable business leader who is a suburb manager, meets the top performance standards, adheres to the highest ethics, and has developed a deep connection with his or her community.

Kenneth A. Hoffman, a standout leader in industrial packaging and graduate with honors from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management class of '91, was presented with the Distinguished Executive Award for 2014. 

“We are so happy to honor Kenneth A. Hoffman this award,” said John Popoli. “He meets all of the criteria with flying colors."

Mr. Hoffman demonstrated leadership in the industrial and consumer packaging niche joining Glenview-based ITW in 1988 as a General Manager. He became the Vice President and General Manager of the U.S. Signode Industrial Packaging Group and progressed to Group Vice President of North America. From there, Mr. Hoffman was promoted to Group President for sales for a global unit.

From 2011 to 2014, Kenneth A. Hoffman served at ITW’s Group President of Industrial and Global Stretch Packaging Systems. The Carlyle Group (a prominent private-equity firm) purchased ITW’s Industrial Packaging Group and chose Mr. Hoffman to lead as President one of five global units of the new Signode Industrial Group.

In addition to his progressive career in consumer and industrial packaging, Kenneth A. Hoffman has remained active in a number of civic and charitable organizations, and non-profit boards including the Les Turner ALS Foundation and Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Kenneth has been an elected member of the Board of Directors for eight years, and currently serves as our Vice-Chair.

“Today, in every field I can think of, ideas are valuable currency," said Hoffman. "When we encourage imagination – in ourselves and in our colleagues – we’re ensuring not only the success of our organization, but also its survival.”