Board Appointment October 2020

Board Appointment October 2020

Smurfit Kappa Group plc announces the appointment of Kaisa Hietala to the Board as an independent, non-executive director, effective immediately.

Kaisa, a Finnish citizen, brings a wealth of strategic and operational experience to the Board combined with a strong commitment to sustainability.

Kaisa spent over twenty years at Neste Corporation, where she was a key architect in the strategic transformation of the company to become the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel and renewable jet fuel. She served as Executive Vice President, Renewable Products at Neste Corporation and as a member of the Neste Executive Board from 2014 to 2019. Prior to this she held a number of senior positions including VP, Renewable Fuels, Neste Oil Corporation.

Kaisa is currently a partner at Gaia Consulting, a sustainable business consultancy firm focused on helping companies turn climate challenges into profitable business opportunities and serves as a non-executive Director of Kemira Oyj.

Irial Finan, Smurfit Kappa Group Chair, commented on Kaisa’s appointment:

“We look forward to broadening the expertise and diversity of the Board with the appointment of Kaisa as an independent non-executive director. Kaisa's commitment to sustainability together with her significant strategic and operational experience will add valuable insight to the Board.”

SKG confirms that there are no further disclosures required under paragraph 9.6.13R of the Listing Rules in relation to this appointment.