About CSafe Global

CSafe Global offers a full suite of cold chain shipping solutions and is the only provider of active air cargo solutions as well as passive parcel and cell and gene solutions.

With a robust air cargo container fleet and artificial intelligence lease forecasting system, we can ensure a 100% delivery guarantee on our leased containers. Combined with an unlimited supply of reusable parcel and cell & gene packaging, and 24/7 customer and technical service, CSafe is well-positioned to be your partner of choice for the cold chain.

Amsterdam CSafe office - European HQ

CSafe Global was founded to help enhance lives. The founders – a father and son missionary team serving the most vulnerable in underdeveloped countries – witnessed death and suffering caused by the spoilage of life-saving biologics, vaccines and medicines. The spoilage was the result of poor temperature management during transit. Upon returning home, they were determined to find a solution to the deficiencies in the pharmaceutical cold chain. Their early efforts developing packaging solutions incorporating high-performance vacuum insulated panels (VIP) laid the foundation for the full suite of active and passive products CSafe offers today. CSafe remains committed to the founders’ mission to ensure that patients around the world have access to viable, life-enhancing pharmaceuticals.

  • 1979

    Company founded

    Based in Ohio, USA

  • 1980s

    Development Phase

    • Partnered with leading research institutions to develop VIP
    • Began developing thermoelectric devices
    • Opened first manufacturing facility

  • 1990s

    Go to Market

    • Commercialized process to mass produce VIP
    • Partnered with NASA to develop insulated units for Space Shuttle program
    • Awarded first patents for VIP
    • Introduced first mobile refrigeration unit

  • 2003

    Launched PX1L carrying case

    First handheld unit with VIP

  • 2004

    Acquired by Myrian Capital

    Provided growth capital and support

  • 2005

    Began developing active temperature-controlled unit load device

    The RKN became CSafe's first active container solution

  • 2006

    Launched parcel shipping solutions

    Industry-leading passive solution with VIP

  • 2007

    Received FAA approval for CSafe RKN

    First active air cargo container approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

  • 2008

    Put CSafe RKN into service

    First CSafe active air cargo container with patented VIP insulation

  • 2008

    Opened first Service Center

    Located in Memphis, TN

  • 2011

    Launched industry's first retest & reuse program

    CSafe's program set the standard for sustainability in parcel packaging

  • 2012

    Changed name to CSafe Global

    Integrated AcuTemp sub-brand into the passive parcel line

  • 2012

    Established European headquarters

    Located in Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • 2012

    Introduced soft-sided courier solution

    Hand-held courier for the public health market and last mile delivery

  • 2013

    Doubled U.S. manufacturing footprint

    Needed to meet increased demand for CSafe thermal shipping solutions

  • 2014

    Launched online customer portal

    24/7 customer access to ordering and shipping data

  • 2015

    Purchased by Altaris Capital Partners

    Provided capital to continue expanding operations and RKN fleet

  • 2016

    Acquired Kalibox

    Doubled CSafe's customer base and catalog of thermal shipping solutions

  • 2016

    Acquired by Thomas H. Lee Partners

    Additional capital investment to expand portfolio and locations globally

  • 2016

    Launched passive pallet shipper

    Innovative and cost saving design

  • 2017

    Established Asian headquarters

    Located in Incheon, South Korea

  • 2018

    Put CSafe RAP into service

    Designed to offer the largest payload capacity in the industry

  • 2019

    Launched artificial intelligence logistics platform

    Industry's first fully-integrated AI platform

  • 2019

    Introduced Cell & Gene Solutions

    Comprehensive supply chain solution for the cell and gene therapy market

  • 2020

    Continued expanding geographically

    Expanded multiple service centers and opened new locations

  • 2020

    Launched industry's first real-time track & trace technology

    Integrated telemetry devices deliver real-time data to custom visibility platform

  • 2021

    Acquired Softbox Systems

    CSafe strengthened its global infrastructure across air and ground while expanding its offerings for parcel delivery, all supported by the most advanced technology infrastructure.

To provide peace of mind by offering best-in-class temperature management solutions for the delivery of life-enhancing products.

Patrick Schafer, CEO CSafe Global

Patrick Schafer

Chief Executive Officer

Patrick Schafer guides strategy development and execution and is responsible for overall company performance.

Mr. Schafer has held senior-level positions in both the United States and Europe, most recently as CSafe’s Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Finance for a multi-national film manufacturer and also lived in Dusseldorf, Germany, where he was a Director for Henkel AG & Company, KGaA. He began his career with Coopers and Lybrand.

Schafer holds a B.S. degree from Miami University and an M.B.A. from Duke University.

Tom Weir, COO CSafe Global

Tom Weir

Chief Operating Officer

Tom Weir leads CSafe’s engineering, product, service, supply chain, manufacturing and quality teams.

Mr. Weir brings more than 15 years of executive experience leading global engineering and operations teams. He has developed extensive expertise leading teams in Europe, Ukraine, Mexico, and Asia. His industry expertise includes aviation, cold chain logistics, payment systems, and clinical trial technology. Throughout his career, Mr. Weir has successfully led transformational strategic initiatives in operations, new product development, manufacturing, and service. His professional background includes technical leadership roles at Boeing, United Technologies (Sensitech division), and Crane Payment Systems (formally MEI).

Weir holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Kansas University and an M.B.A. from Rockhurst University. He also completed executive leadership training at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

Seth Hertel, CCO CSafe Global

Seth Hertel

Chief Commercial Officer

Seth Hertel guides the sales team in sales automation, process optimization, planning and analysis, and creating programs to drive closer partnerships with our key customers.

Mr. Hertel joined CSafe with deep international management experience, having lived and worked in China, the UK, Singapore, and South Korea. He has more than 22 years of experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry in key leadership and management roles at companies including Sigma-Aldrich Corporation (Merck KGaA), Barnstead/Thermolyne (ThermoFisher Scientific), Covance (LabCorp) and Roquette.

Hertel has a B.A. in political science and Portuguese from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He continued at UW-Madison and received his M.A. in Portuguese. He completed the dual E.M.B.A. program at Columbia University of NY and the London Business School.

Sofia Pokatilova

Sofia Pokatilova

Head of Legal

Sofia Pokatilova is responsible for all CSafe Global legal matters worldwide and is a member of the Board of Management of the European Group companies of CSafe Global. A Master graduate of the Leiden University (the Netherlands), she has been supporting the CSafe Global team since 2019 from the Hague, the Netherlands.

Ms. Pokatilova has more than 15 years of experience advising companies on legal matters pertaining to commercial activities including restructuring, M&A deals, complex commercial contracts, litigation, employment matters, privacy-related matters, and compliance. She has helped global companies navigate the complex tailor-made solutions regarding setting-up and implementing international corporate structures.

Prior to joining CSafe, Ms. Pokatilova worked as an in-house lawyer for multinational companies as well as legal counsel within one of the leading Dutch corporate service providers. Her clients included USA-based and multinational listed corporations, leading private equity and investment firms and internationally expanding businesses with activities in a wide range of sectors and geographies. Pokatilova is fluent in Russian and English and has a working proficiency in Dutch.

Bridget Johnson, SVP Marketing

Bridget Johnson

Senior Vice President, Marketing

Bridget Johnson leads CSafe’s integrated global marketing strategy, including development of global brand and portfolio positioning, thought leadership, omnichannel demand generation, and an enhanced digital client experience.

Ms. Johnson brings to CSafe more than 25 years of upstream and downstream marketing expertise, having led multiple global marketing teams for industry-leading biopharma and life sciences organizations. Prior to joining CSafe Global, Ms. Johnson held global marketing leadership roles with Thermo Fisher Scientific, Covance Laboratories and Baxter International. In her most recent role as Vice President of Global Marketing at Metabolon, she was responsible for portfolio and product marketing, demand generation and reputation management globally .

Ms. Johnson earned her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and her BA in Journalism from Marquette University.

Venu Vinjamaram, SVP Technology & Innovation

Venu Vinjamaram

SVP of Technology & Innovation

Venu Vinjamaram leads Information Technology and digital strategy spanning applications, data, cybersecurity and infrastructure.

Mr. Vinjamaram joined CSafe with nearly 25 years’ experience in the technology field in various industries with most of that in healthcare and cold chain logistics industries. His expertise includes digital transformation, technical strategy, IT operations, cloud architecture and engineering. He has proven record of developing and executing enterprise-level digital transformation initiatives, that support Creating business value, improve client outcomes and drive growth through technology.

Vinjamaram holds an MBA from SMU Cox School of Business.

Emilio Frattaruolo, VP Innovation - Passive Systems CSafe Global

Emilio Frattaruolo

Vice President of Innovation, Passive Systems

Emilio Frattaruolo is responsible for the long-term global strategy of CSafe’s Passive Product portfolio and Client Services offerings.

Mr. Frattaruolo brings a unique industry perspective formed over a decade spent providing engineering and operational leadership to both pharmaceutical manufacturers and cold chain solutions providers. Having functioned as an external consultant, internal subject matter expert, and leader to organizations such as Sanofi Pasteur, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Biogen, he has a deep understanding of manufacturing, packaging, and the clinical and commercial cold chain distribution process for critical life changing therapies.

Frattaruolo holds a B.S. Degree in packaging science from the Rochester Institute of Technology and is an IoPP Certified Packaging Professional.

Scott Lathrop, VP Finance CSafe Global

Scott Lathrop

Vice President of Finance

Scott Lathrop is responsible for all CSafe Global accounting and financial operations including the entire accounting and finance team worldwide.

Mr. Lathrop has 10 years’ experience in finance and accounting. Prior to joining CSafe, he worked for five years at a Fortune 25 company. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds degrees in accounting and international business from the University of Kentucky.

Maria Thomas, Director of Human Resources CSafe Global

Maria Thomas

Director of Human Resources

Maria Thomas is responsible for all CSafe Global human resources functions and operations including providing direction to the worldwide HR team.

Ms. Thomas has more than 20 years’ experience in human resources and operations which has provided her the opportunity to work in all areas of HR including strategic planning, recruiting, on-boarding, employee relations, performance management, training and development, workers compensation, salary and benefits administration, and safety. Prior to joining CSafe in 2008, she held various HR positions. Her industry expertise includes aerospace, healthcare, medical technology, environmental, construction, finance, logistics and manufacturing.

Thomas earned her bachelor’s in Child Development from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her master’s degree in Industrial Psychology from Roosevelt University.

CSafe’s commitment to sustainability begins with container design. Whether using a parcel box or an air cargo container, every shipper is designed to be lightweight, reusable and includes the best performing insulation on the market allowing our customers to use smaller boxes for the same size payload. That equates to less weight and space required on the plane or truck allowing more cargo to go in a single trip to reduce overall carbon emissions.

In the packaging business, waste is often a considerable problem. CSafe offers two programs – one for air cargo containers and one for our parcel and cell & gene portfolios. Both of these programs allow for containers to be cleaned, retested for quality and continuously reused for as long as possible.