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03 Feb 2012

Appointment of Mr Irial Finan

Smurfit Kappa Group plc (‘SKG’ or the ‘Group’) one of the world’s largest integrated manufacturers of paper-based packaging products with operations in Europe and Latin America, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Irial Finan to the Board as an independent, non-executive Director with effect from 2 February, 2012.

About Mr Irial Finan

Irial Finan (54) is currently Executive Vice President of The Coca-Cola Company and President of the Bottling Investments Group.

He joined the Coca-Cola System in 1981. Prior to his appointment to his current role in 2004, Irial served as Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola Hellenic, a large public bottler with operations across Western, Central and Eastern Europe and West Africa. He is currently responsible for leading a multi-million dollar internal bottling business, Bottling Investments Group (BIG) which has operations across 4 continents. He is also responsible for the stewardship of The Coca-Cola Company's Equity Investments and leads the Commercial Product Supply organization (CPS).

Mr Finan holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from National University of Ireland in Galway and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants.

Smurfit Kappa Group Chairman, Liam O'Mahony, commented: "We are delighted to announce the appointment of Irial as an independent Director. His extensive experience across international markets with one of the world’s leading companies will meaningfully contribute to the Board and the continued development of the Group."

Irial Finan added: "I am honoured to accept this invitation to join the Board of Smurfit Kappa Group, a world leader in its chosen markets.”

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