HARTSVILLE, SC, November 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Sonoco (NYSE: SON), one of the world’s largest diversified packaging companies, today announced that Marcy Thompson, vice president, Marketing and Innovation of the Company, intends to retire at the end of 2021. In addition, the Company announced the appointments of Ernest Haynes as Vice President, Rigid Paper Containers, North America, and Russell Grissett as Vice-President, Global Flexible Packaging, effective November 1, 2021. Haynes and Grissett were both elected corporate officers by the Board of Directors of the Company.
Thompson has led Sonoco’s marketing efforts since 2013. She joined the company in 2006 and became Division Vice President and General Manager of Tubes and Cores, US and Canada, and later Sonoco Recycling. She was elected CEO in 2011 and became Vice President, Rigid Paper Containers, North America. Thompson graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in metallurgy and earned a Six Sigma Master Black Belt certification.
“It is impossible to capture all the contributions Marcy has made to Sonoco during his 15 year career. In addition to leading three of our companies, she focused our marketing efforts and led the development of the company’s iPS studio, our center for innovation, research and development on our Hartsville campus. A valued member of our executive committee, Marcy has served as the liaison between Clemson University and the University of South Carolina and has been a strong advocate for our diversity and inclusion programs while personally mentoring over 200 leaders. in development, ”said Howard Coker, president and CEO. “We wish her all the best as she looks forward to her retirement. “
Haynes was previously Division Vice President and General Manager of Rigid Paper Containers, North America. Previously, he was Division Vice President and General Manager of Tubes and Cores, USA and Canada, since 2018. He is an alumnus of the Wharton School Executive General Management Program (WMP’20) and graduated in 1997 from Clemson University with a BS in Industrial Engineering. During his 24 years at Sonoco, he held numerous management positions within the Consumer and Industrial divisions. Haynes also heads the Corporate Customer Experience Council at Sonoco. He joined the Company in 1997.
Grissett was previously Division Vice President and General Manager of Global Flexibles. Prior to that, he was Division Vice President and General Manager, Protection Solutions. During his 28 years at Sonoco, he has demonstrated strong business and operational leadership in the company’s consumer packaging and protection solutions business. Grissett began his career in the consumer sector at Sonoco and held several leadership roles in sales, marketing and operations. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Auburn University. Grissett sits on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Flexibles Packaging Association. He joined the Company in 1993.
Haynes and Grissett both report to Jeff Tomaszewski, vice president, rigid paper containers for consumers in North America and globally.
Founded in 1899, Sonoco (NYSE: SON) is a global supplier of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging, displays, and packaging supply chain services. With annualized net sales of approximately $ 5.2 billion, the company has 19,000 employees working in approximately 300 operations in 34 countries, serving some of the world’s best-known brands in some 85 countries. Sonoco is committed to creating sustainable products, services and programs for our customers, employees and communities that support our corporate goal of Better packaging. Better life. The company was named one of Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies for 2021 and was included in Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies for the third year in a row. For more information, visit www.sonoco.com.
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