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.
Liam O’Mahony - Chairman
Liam O’Mahony joined the Board upon the Company being admitted to trading on the Irish Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange in March 2007. He was appointed Chairman in December 2008. He was the Chief Executive Officer of CRH plc from January 2000 until his retirement in December 2008, prior to which in a 37 year executive career within the CRH Group he held a number of senior management positions including Chief Executive of its US operations and Managing Director, Republic of Ireland and UK companies. He retired from the Board of CRH plc in 2011. He was previously Chairman of IDA Ireland. (Born 1946)
Anthony Smurfit – 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 - 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)
Christel Bories joined the Board in November 2012. Ms Bories joined Eramet SA in February 2017 and was appointed Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in May 2017. Ms Bories was previously Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Ipsen SA from March 2013 to March 2016. She was President and Chief Executive Officer of Constellium (formerly Engineered products, Rio Tinto) from 2007 to the end of 2011 prior to which she was a senior executive in both Pechiney and Alcan for fourteen years of which eight years was as the General Manager of the Packaging business. Ms Bories spent seven years in strategic consulting prior to her industrial experience. She is a non– executive Director of Legrand SA. (Born 1964)
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)
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 Chairman of Novozymes AS and Unhrenholt AS and a non-executive director of the charity Human Practice Foundation.
Irial Finan joined the Board in February 2012. 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 retires 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. Mr Finan is responsible for the stewardship of The Coca-Cola Company’s Equity Investments. He also serves on the Boards of Coca-Cola European Partners plc and Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan Holdings plc. Mr Finan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants. (Born 1957)
James Lawrence joined the Board in October 2015. He is currently Chairman of Great North Star LLC, an investment and advisory firm. He served as Chairman 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-Chairman 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., International Consolidated Airlines Group S.A. and Aercap Holdings N.V. (Born 1952)
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 Chairman of Coillte Teo and Chairman of DCC plc and a non-executive Director of Greencore Group plc. (Born 1954)
Roberto Newell - Senior Independent Director
Roberto Newell joined the Board in June 2010. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of the Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad, A.C. (‘IMCO’), an independent think-tank in Mexico, established to develop policies to enhance Mexico’s competitiveness. Prior to joining IMCO, Mr Newell served Mexico’s Federal Government, most recently as Deputy Secretary for Agriculture. Between 1984 and 2001, Mr Newell worked for McKinsey & Co., where he served clients in North America and Latin America. At McKinsey, Mr Newell advised large corporations and national governments with a focus on the financial and telecommunications sectors. Mr Newell serves on the Board of a number of institutions in Mexico. (Born 1947)
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 Proantioguia in Colombia. (Born 1951)
Rosemary Thorne joined the Board in March 2008. During her executive career she was Group Finance Director for Ladbrokes plc from 2006 to 2007, Bradford and Bingley plc from 1999 to 2005 and at J Sainsbury plc from 1992 to 1999. Ms Thorne has extensive experience as a non-executive Director and currently serves as a non-executive Director of Solvay S.A. and Merrill Lynch International. Ms Thorne is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants and a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. Ms Thorne has decided not to seek re-election at the forthcoming AGM.
Carol Fairweather joined the Board in January 2018. She is the former Chief Financial Officer of Burberry Group plc. 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, Carol held senior financial positions in News International Limited and Shandwick plc. She is a non-executive director of Segro plc.Carol Fairweather joined the Board in January 2018. Ms Fairweather 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 an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.