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​​Smurfit Kappa receives Industry’s Global CEO of the Year Award

2 October 2015

Smurfit Kappa is pleased to announce that Gary McGann, recently retired Group Chief Executive Officer, has been named as RISI’s PPI 2015 Global CEO of the Year.

RISI is the leading information provider for the global forest products industry and presented the award to Mr McGann at their North American Conference on 28 September, in the InterContinental Hotel in Chicago,

RISI’s PPI Awards are the only global awards that are dedicated to recognising the achievements of companies, mills and individuals in the pulp and paper sector. Michael Smurfit, former CEO of Jefferson Smurfit Group, and Chairman of Smurfit Kappa, received RISI’s inaugural Global CEO of the Year Award in 1999.

Mr McGann, as Group CEO, received RISI’s European CEO of the Year Award in 2014 and 2015.



At the event in the InterContinental Hotel in Chicago, Smurfit Kappa also won the ‘Innovation in Specialty Papers’ Award and was a finalist in the following award categories:

  • Business Strategy
  • Environmental Strategy
  • Innovation in Sustainable Packaging; and,
  • Water Efficiency.

Liam O’ Mahony, Chairman of Smurfit Kappa Group commented: “It is an honour for the Group to be recognised by RISI. On behalf of the Board, I would like to congratulate Gary and his team on this achievement.”

Tony Smurfit, Group CEO, added: “Smurfit Kappa is a significantly strengthened business today. We are grateful for Gary’s substantial contribution to the Group’s growth and development. SKG’s industry-leading position today is testament to Gary’s leadership over the last 13 years.”

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​​Smurfit Kappa receives Industry’s Global CEO of the Year Award