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SVP and GM at Rapid Packaging, Julie Christiansen specializes in helping customers grow and save money by collaborating on business solutions that drive improvement.


screen-shot-2017-07-11-at-5-09-34-amJulie joined Rapid Packaging in June 2017 and is the current Senior Vice President of Rapid Packaging. Most of her career has been spent in Consumer Packaged Goods, largely on the sales & marketing/product development side, and she recently spent just under 2 years managing operations. Before moving over to Rapid, Julie was with Apex International – a contract manufacturer of personal care and household products – for thirteen years. In her professional role, Julie is passionate about continuous improvement, product development, and speed to market and execution. She understands how to use lean manufacturing principles to drive inefficiency and waste out of all enterprise processes and create cultural transformation.


Julie’s experience includes: 25+ years sales, operations, product development and marketing for CPG   companies and contract manufacturing environments ranging in revenue size from $30 million – $100 million.  She also has executive management and P&L experience in 30+% growth environments using lean & continuous improvement principles.


Julie received her Bachelor of Arts degreen from St. Norbert College in DePere, WI, and is currently pursuing her MBA from Capella University.  Continuing to seek out roles that expand her knowledge in marketing and manufacturing, her employment experience includes:

  • Apex International – personal care & household contract manufacturing
  • Independent Consulting – retail, personal care, nutraceuticals
  • Minnetonka Brands, Dean Foods, Watkins – personal care marketing


Amongst Julie’s long list of previous clients are Colgate-Palmolive, Pfizer, Guthy|Renker, SC Johnson, LVMH, Prestige Brands, Johnson &  Johnson, Rodan+Fields, Babyganics, and Method Home Products.


Proud of her family, Julie oldest son recently completed his Freshman year at the University of MN as a double major, her daughter is a rising junior at a Catholic high school where she plays volleyball, and she has been married to her husband Mike for 11 years. In her personal life, Julie enjoys a wide range of sports and is a voracious reader.


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