Ken Sigman is an Operating Partner at Ara, where he brings more than 25 years of experience in global commercial leadership, strategy, and sustainability across the packaging and energy space.
Previously, Ken was Chief Commercial Officer at C&D Technologies, a $1 billion energy storage manufacturer, where he lead sales, marketing, product management, commercial operations, and their wholesale distribution business. He helped lead a complete turnaround, integrated a major acquisition (Trojan Battery), developed and launched their first lithium ion battery, and significantly grew their top and bottom line.
Prior, Ken was Chief Commercial Officer and a key member of the executive team at Anchor Glass Container. During his tenure, he helped double the enterprise value and generated a 5x return for investors with a gross IRR of 132.4% – culminating in the Buyout Insider’s 2017 Private Equity Deal of the Year.
Earlier in his career, he was Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Graham Packaging, a rigid plastic bottle manufacturer, where he helped turn around two $1 billion business units. Prior to this, he was Director of Sales for Novelis, Inc, a leader in aluminum rolled products, where he was responsible for their $2.8 billion beverage can business. Prior to this, he was Director of Sales for Alpla, Inc, a $4 billion global leader in rigid plastic bottles and closures, where he grew their North American business from $18 million to greater than $300 million with 9 new manufacturing facilities. Prior to this, he was a leader in engineering at Centro, Inc, an industrial plastics manufacturer, where he was awarded the Society of Plastics Engineer’s 2001 Industrial Design of the Year Award.
Ken earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Iowa, where he currently serves as a member of their Advisory Board.