Canadian Packaging

Sonoco Names New Executive V.P. Of Global Consumer Businesses


December 14, 2009
by Canadian Packaging Staff

Sonoco, one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, has announced that M. Jack Sanders (see photo) has been named executive vice-president, global consumer businesses, effective January 1, 2010, according to Harris E. DeLoach, Jr., chairman, president and chief executive officer. Sanders, 56, will succeed Charles Sullivan, 66, who is retiring effective March 31, 2010.

“Jack has demonstrated strong operations leadership during his 22-year career with Sonoco and will be tasked with continuing to grow our global consumer packaging and services businesses,” says DeLoach. “I want to personally thank Charles for all he has done over the past decade in building Sonoco’s consumer business into the industry’s only total solutions packaging and services provider. During his tenure, Sonoco’s consumer-related sales and operating profits have nearly doubled and now represent approximately 58 percent of the Company’s total business.”

In this new management assignment, Sanders will have global operating responsibility for all of Sonoco’s businesses serving consumer markets, including Global Rigid Paper and Closures, Global Rigid Plastics, Global Flexible Packaging and Global Packaging Services. Prior to this appointment, he was executive vice president, Industrial, responsible for the company’s vertically integrated global industrial converting and paper operations.

Sanders joined Sonoco in 1987 as national sales and marketing manager, Wire and Cable Reels. In 1991, he was named general manager for Sonoco’s Protective Packaging division and was promoted to division vice-president and general manager of Protective Packaging in 1998. Sanders was elected a corporate officer and named vice president, Industrial Products, North America in 2001. He was subsequently named vice-president, Global Industrial Products in 2005, senior vice-president in 2006 and executive vice-president in 2008.

Effective with this change, DeLoach also announced that all of the Company’s global industrial businesses will report directly to him.

In addition, John Colyer has been named vice-president, Global Industrial Converting, reporting to DeLoach. In this new position, Colyer, 48, will have responsibility for the company’s global tubes and cores, protective packaging, wire and cable reels and paperboard specialties.

Colyer joined Sonoco in 1983 and has held numerous business leadership and manufacturing positions at Sonoco in businesses serving industrial and consumer markets. Prior to this appointment, he was vice-president, North America Converting. He also served as vice-president, Industrial Products division, North America, and served as division vice-president and general manager, IPD, North America since 2006. In 2004, he became division vice-president of manufacturing, IPD, North America.

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