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Tony Smurfit – Group Chief Executive Officer

Anthony Smurfit was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer in September 2015. He has worked in various parts of the Smurfit Group both in Europe and the United States since he joined the Group over twenty years ago. He was Chief Operations Officer of Smurfit Kappa from 2002 to 2015 and Chief Executive of Smurfit Europe from October 1999 to 2002 prior to which he was Deputy Chief Executive of Smurfit Europe and previously Chief Executive Officer of Smurfit France. He is a non-executive Director of C&C Group plc.   (Born 1963) 



 

Ken Bowles – Group Chief Financial Officer

Appointed Group Chief Financial Officer in April 2016. He joined the Company in 1994 and has occupied a number of finance based roles in both Monaco and Dublin. In 2004 he was appointed as the Group’s first Head of Compliance, in 2007 he became the Group’s Head of Tax and in 2010 he was appointed Group Financial Controller. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (ACMA) and holds a first class MBA from the UCD Graduate School of Business. (Born 1971)  

Senior Executives reporting to the Group Chief Executive Officer
 

Michael O'Riordan - Group Company Secretary

Appointed Group Company Secretary in 2000. He combines this with a leadership position in key acquisitions and divestments. Prior to taking up his position as Group Company Secretary he worked in Europe as Managing Director of Smurfit International BV from 1989 providing financial services for the Group. He joined the Group in 1982. Michael is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of  Ireland. (Born 1957)

 

 

Gianluca Castellini - Group Vice President Human Resources

Appointed Group VP of Human Resources in 2013. He joined the Company in 2004 in Italy as Management Development and Compensation Manager. In 2006 he was appointed as Italy HR Director for the Corrugated Division. Before joining the Company he was with Total and SSB Milan. He is a graduate in Economics from the Bocconi University, Milan. (Born 1969)

 

Steven Stoffer - Group Vice President Development

Appointed Group Vice President Development in 2005. He joined the Company in 1990. He was Vice President for Sourcing and Risk & Assurance with Kappa Packaging and joined KNP, the predecessor of Kappa Packaging as General Manager of one of the operating companies. Before joining the Company he was with McKinsey & Company. (Born 1958) 


 Ray Murphy – Group Corporate Planner

Appointed Group Corporate Planner in 2005. He joined the Company in 1989, and since then has undertaken a number of different roles in Ireland and abroad, the main emphasis of which was that of project analysis and development. He holds a primary and Master’s Degree in Business Studies from University College Cork, where he also taught. (Born 1963). 

 

Alain Baudant - Group VP Corporate Affairs

Appointed Group VP Corporate Affiairs in Sept 2015. He joined the Company in 1995 after 20 years in the Saint-Gobain Group where he had held positions in Sales, Finance and General Management in the Cast Iron Piping, Glass, Building Materials and Wood and Paper Divisions. CEO of Papeteries de Condat from 1995 to 2000, he was then in charge of Smurfit’s operations in Asia. From 2003 to 2015, he held the position of Chief Executive Office, Paper and Board Division.  He has a Ph.D from the University of Paris- Sorbonne and is graduated from IMD in Lausanne. (Born 1949)   



Damian Devaney - Group VP Marketing & Communications

Appointed as Director of Brand Strategy, Communication and Organisation Engagement in March 2013. Prior to that he was Marketing Director at O2 Ireland where he was responsible for leading the company to an insight and consumer led organisation. He was previously marketing director at Coca-Cola Ireland and has held a variety of senior marketing leadership roles in Gilbeys and Diageo.  Damian studied at the University of Limerick and at Smurfit Business School at University College Dublin and was chairman of the Marketing Institute of Ireland in 2005/06. (Born 1966)

 

Roberto Villaquiran - Chief Executive Officer, Europe

Appointed Chief Executive Officer, Europe in Sept 2015 prior to which he was Chief Executive Officer, Corrugated and Converting Division since in 2001.  He has worked in the paper and packaging industry since 1984, first two years in CCA (Container Corporation of America) and joined the Company after the acquisition of CCA in 1986.  He has lived in USA, Ireland, Spain, Italy and France with work experience covering financial, sales and operational roles.  He also serves as the acting President of FEFCO.  He is a graduate in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Business from Illinois Institute of Technology. (Born 1961) 

 

 

Juan Guillermo Castañeda – Chief Executive Officer, The Americas

Appointed CEO of The Americas in January 2014.  He was previously the Vice President of Finance, Human Resources and Administration for The Americas since July 2010.  Juan Guillermo joined the company in 1984 and has held various Finance positions including Vice President of Finance in Colombia. He went on to manage the Sacks division between 2009 and 2010. (Born 1961) 

 

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, Europe

Dominique Binet – Vice President Sourcing

Appointed Vice President Sourcing in 2005. He joined the Company in 2001 as Vice President Purchasing. Prior to that, he had held various positions at Arjo Wiggins as lawyer, in Human Resources, as Mill Manager, Group General Secretary and as Procurement Director. (Born 1948) 

 

 

 Reporting to the Group Chief Financial Officer 

Paul Regan - Group Treasurer

Appointed Group Treasurer in 1995. He held a number of Financial and Accounting roles within the Irish Electricity Supply Board (ESB) including Group Financial Controller and Group Treasurer.  He is a qualified member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). (Born 1963) 

 

 

Johan Kroone – Group Vice President Information Systems

Appointed Group Vice President Information Systems in 2006. He has served as an IT Director since 2000 and had held a number of IT positions in both the manufacturing and consultancy sectors over the previous years, including 10 years as Senior Manager in the Manufacturing Practice of KPMG Consulting, selection and implementation of IT systems. From 1984 till 1988 he was Industrial Engineer at AT&T and Philips Telecommunications (Born 1956)

  

 

Brian Marshall – Group General Counsel

Appointed Group General Counsel in 1999.  He joined the Company in 1994 and has held the positions of Legal Director of Smurfit Capital and Counsel to Smurfit Europe.  He qualified as a Solicitor in 1985, completing his legal training in Ireland and British Columbia.  He was a partner with Hassans law firm in Gibraltar for 5 years.  (Born 1957)

 

Kenneth Byrne - Group Tax Director

Appointed Group Tax Director in 2009.  He is responsible for the management of tax compliance, controllership and planning including mergers and acquisitions and financing across the Group. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA) and an Associate of the Irish Taxation Institute (AITI).  He gained 25 years of experience in international taxation at PWC, Black & Decker and GE Capital. (Born 1963) 

 

 

Jennifer Victory – Group Compliance Manager

Appointed Group Compliance Manager in 2013. She combines this with transaction work on acquisitions and divestments. She joined the Company in 2010 and worked as an Internal Auditor before joining the Group Finance Department as a Group Accountant. She is a qualified member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and holds a degree in International Business and German from Dublin City University. (Born 1983)

 

Irene Page - Group Financial Controller


Appointed Group Financial Controller in April 2016. She joined the Company in 1993 and has worked in a number of finance roles in the UK, Paris and Dublin. In 2005 she was appointed as Assistant Group Financial Controller. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA) and holds a Bachelors of Business Studies (hons) degree from the University of Limerick. (Born 1970)