He succeeds Thomas S. Santa, president and CEO of Santa Energy Corporation in Bridgeport, who becomes immediate past chair of the state's largest business organization.
"Don Droppo is recognized throughout the state and the country as a smart, innovative, forward-thinking leader in the packaging industry," CBIA president and CEO John R. Rathgeber said today. "His leadership, energy, and commitment will be crucial as we head into what promises to be a very challenging year for Connecticut's economy and business environment."
Droppo was named president and CEO of Curtis Packaging in 2010. Under his leadership, the company dramatically increased sales and rebranded itself "luxuriously responsible," becoming the first printing and packaging company in North America to be Forest Stewardship Council certified, manufacture using 100% clean renewable energy, and be carbon neutral.
Prior to his appointment as president and CEO, Droppo served as the senior vice president of marketing, responsible for marketing, sales, and innovation. Before joining Curtis, he was an assistant vice president at General Reinsurance, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway.
In 2011, he was named one of Connecticut Magazine's "40 Under 40" most promising young leaders.
Droppo holds a B.S. in marketing and finance from the University of Vermont. He lives in Avon with his wife and their three children.