Smurfit kappa - Board of directors

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Board of Directors

The Board is primarily responsible for setting our strategic aims, for the leadership and control of the Company and for reviewing our system of internal control.

 

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Irial Finan - Chair

IIrial Finan joined the Board in February 2012. He was appointed Chair in May 2019. He was Executive Vice President of The Coca-Cola Company and President of the Bottling Investments Group from 2004 until he stepped down from the role in December 2017 and retired in March 2018. Prior to this Mr Finan served as Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company SA. He joined the Coca-Cola System in 1981. He also serves on the Boards of Coca-Cola European Partners plc, Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan Holdings Inc. and Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. Mr Finan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants. (Born 1957)

 

Anthony Smurfit - Chief Executive Officer

Anthony Smurfit has served as a Director of the Group since 1989. He has worked in various parts of the Smurfit Kappa Group both in Europe and the United States since he joined the Group. He was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer in September 2015, prior to which he was the Group Chief Operations Officer from November 2002. He was also 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 CEPI (Confederation of European Paper Industries), and is also a member of the European Round Table of Industrialists. (Born 1963)

 

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Bowles

Ken Bowles - Chief Financial Officer

Ken Bowles 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. Mr Bowles was appointed Group Chief Financial Officer in April 2016, prior to which he was the Group Financial Controller from 2010. He was the Group’s Head of Tax from 2007 to 2010 prior to which he was appointed as the Group's first Head of Compliance in 2004. 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)

 

Anne Anderson

Anne Anderson joined the Board in January 2019. She is an experienced international diplomat who most recently served as the Ambassador of Ireland to the United States from 2013 to 2017. Ms Anderson joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1972 and was appointed Assistant Secretary General in 1991 serving in this post until 1995. She was then appointed Ireland’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva after which she became Permanent Representative of Ireland to the European Union in 2001. Following this Ms Anderson was appointed Ambassador of Ireland to France in 2005, where she served until 2009. In 2009 she became Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations in New York. Ms Anderson is a member of the Advisory Board for the Peacebuilding Fund at the United Nations. She is also a Board member of the Druid Theatre Galway. (Born 1952)

 

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Beurskens

Frits Beurskens

Frits Beurskens has served as a Director of the Group since December 2005. He joined the Kappa Group in 1990 and held various Managing Director positions until his appointment as its President in 1996 which he held until the merger with Smurfit. He is a former Chairman of both the Confederation of European Paper Industries and the International Corrugated Cases Association and a former member of the Board of Sappi Limited. In December 2007 he was knighted and appointed by the Dutch Queen as Officer in the Order of Oranje Nassau. (Born 1947)

James Lawrence

James Lawrence joined the Board in October 2015. He is currently Chair of Lake Harriet Capital, LLC, an investment and advisory firm. He served as Chair of Rothschild North America from 2012 to 2015 and previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Rothschild North America from 2010 to 2012. Prior to this, Mr Lawrence served as Chief Financial Officer and an executive Director of Unilever plc. Mr Lawrence joined Unilever from General Mills where he was Vice-Chair and Chief Financial Officer. He previously also held senior positions with Northwest Airlines and Pepsico Inc. He is a non-executive Director of Avnet, Inc. and Aercap Holdings N.V. (Born 1952)

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Carol Fairweather

Carol Fairweather joined the Board in January 2018. She was Chief Financial Officer and an executive Director of Burberry Group plc from July 2013 to January 2017. She joined Burberry in June 2006 and prior to her appointment as CFO, she held the position of Senior Vice President, Group Finance. Prior to joining Burberry, Ms Fairweather was Director of Finance at News International Limited from 1997 to 2005 and UK Regional Controller at Shandwick plc from 1991 to 1997. Ms Fairweather currently serves as a non-executive Director of Segro plc. Ms Fairweather is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. (Born 1961)

Gonzalo Restrepo - Senior Independent Director

Gonzalo Restrepo joined the Board in June 2015. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of Almacenes Exito SA, a leading retail company in Latin America and a subsidiary of the French company, Casino Group. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Almacenes Exito from 1990 until he retired from this position in 2013. He is a non-executive Director of Cardif Colombia Seguros Generales SA. He is a member of the Entrepreneurs Council of Proantioquia in Colombia. (Born 1951)

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John Moloney

John Moloney joined the Board in December 2013. He is the former Group Managing Director of Glanbia plc, a global performance nutrition and ingredients company. He served as Group Managing Director of Glanbia plc from 2001 until he retired from this position in November 2013. He joined Glanbia plc in 1987 and held a number of senior management positions before he was appointed Deputy Group Managing Director in 2000. He is Chair of DCC plc. (Born 1954)

Jørgen Buhl Rasmussen

Jørgen Buhl Rasmussen joined the Board in March 2017. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of Carlsberg AS. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Carlsberg AS from 2007 until he retired from this position in 2015 having joined the company in 2006. He previously held senior positions in several global FMCG companies, including Gillette Group, Duracell, Mars and Unilever over the previous 28 years. He is Chair of Novozymes AS and Chair of Unhrenholt AS and an Advisory Board member of Blazar Capital. (Born 1955)

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Dr Lourdes Melgar 

Lourdes Melgar joined the Board in January 2020. She is a consultant and scholar recognised for her expertise in the areas of energy, sustainability and public policy. During her career, she held various positions in Mexico’s foreign service. During the design and implementation of Mexico’s energy reform, Dr Melgar served as Vice-Minister for Electricity from 2012 to 2014 and was appointed Vice-Minister for Hydrocarbons, a position she held until 2016. Dr Melgar is currently a Research Affiliate at the Center for Collective Intelligence at MIT and a non-resident Fellow at the Center of Energy of the Baker Institute. She currently serves on the Board of Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico. (Born 1962)