Appointment of Jørgen Buhl Rasmussen as an independent Director

Smurfit Kappa announces the appointment of Jørgen Buhl Rasmussen to the Board as an independent non-executive Director with immediate effect.

In addition, non-executive Directors Thomas Brodin and Gary McGann have indicated to the Board they will not seek re-election at the Group’s AGM to be held on 5 May 2017 and will step down from the Board on that date.

Liam O’ Mahony, Smurfit Kappa Group Chairman, commented:

“We are pleased to welcome Jørgen to the Board. We look forward to drawing on his expertise in the FMCG sector and his experience as CEO of one of the world’s leading beverage companies.”

“We would also like to record our sincere appreciation for the substantial contribution of Thomas who has been a valued member of the Board since 2008 and our Senior Independent Director for the last two years. Gary is our former CEO and we would again like to thank Gary for his outstanding achievements while leading the Group as CEO from 2002 to 2015.”

Jørgen Buhl Rasmussen

Jørgen Buhl Rasmussen was President and CEO of Carlsberg Group from 2007 to 2015. Appointed to the Executive Board of Carlsberg A/S in 2006, he previously held senior positions covering Western, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia in several global FMCG companies, including Gillette Group, Duracell, Mars and Unilever.

He is Chairman of Novozymes AS, a biotechnology company and Chairman of Uhrenholt AS, a global food wholesaling company.