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Senior Management


Antony Smurfit - Group Chief Executive Officer

Anthony Smurfit has served as a Director of the Group since 1989 and 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. He was Group Chief Operations Officer from November 2002 to September 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 board member of the Irish Business and Employers’ Confederation and is a member of the European Round Table of Industrialists. (Born 1963)           


Ken Bowles – Group Chief Financial Officer

Ken Bowles was appointed Group Chief Financial Officer in April 2016 and was appointed a Director in December 2016. He joined the Group in 1994 and has occupied a number of finance roles in various parts of the Group. 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. Mr Bowles is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants 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)


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)


Saverio Mayer - Chief Executive Officer, Europe

Since joining the Company in 1986, Saverio has held a number of commercial and operational roles. In 1996 he became Head of Pan European Sales before taking up the position of CEO of Italy in 2001. In conjunction with his role in Italy, Saverio has also been CEO of SK Russia 2007-2009, CEO of SK Poland from 2007-2011 and since 2011 was responsible for the Bag-in-Box (‘BIB’) Division. In September 2015, he was appointed Chief Operations Officer of Corrugated and Converting Europe and was responsible for the operational, sales, and financial performance of the corrugated plants and BIB.

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)


Richard Schouten – Group Vice President Information Systems

Appointed Group Vice President Information Systems in August 2017. Richard joined the Company as Information Security Manager in 2004. Since then, he has covered a number of managerial positions of increased responsibility, until he was appointed Director IT for Group IS in 2015. Richard holds Master Degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Business Administration, and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor. (Born 1973)


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)