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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 he held a number of senior management positions within the CRH Group 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. (Born 1946)


Anthony Smurfit – Chief Executive Officer 

Anthony Smurfit 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 over twenty years ago. He was Chief Operations Officer of Smurfit Kappa from 2002 to 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 non-executive Director of C&C Group plc.   (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 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

Christel Bories joined the Board in November 2012. Ms Bories was appointed Deputy Chief Executive of Ipsen SA in March 2013. She was President and Chief Executive Officer of Constellium (formerly Engineered products, Rio Tinto) from 2007 to the end of 2011. Prior to that she was a senior executive in both Pechiney and Alcan for fourteen years. Ms Bories  spent seven years in strategic consulting prior to her industrial experience. She is a non-executive Director of Legrand SA and Natixis SA.(Born 1964) 


Frits Beurskens

Frits Beurskens has been 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 member of the board of Sappi Limited. He is a former Chairman of both the Confederation of European Paper Industries and the International Corrugated Cases Association.  In December 2007 he was 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.



Irial Finan

Irial Finan joined the Board in February 2012. He is currently Executive Vice President of The Coca-Cola Company and President of the Bottling Investments Group. He is also responsible for the stewardship of The Coca-Cola Company’s Equity Investments and leads the Commercial Product Supply organization (‘CPS’). 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. Mr Finan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants. (Born 1957)    


James Lawrence

James Lawrence joined the Board in October 2015. He is 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 CEO of Rothschild North America from 2010 to 2012. Prior to this, he served as CFO and an executive Director of Unilever plc. Mr Lawrence joined Unilever from General Mills where he was Vice-Chairman and CFO. Mr Lawrence previously held senior positions with Northwest Airlines and PepsiCo Inc. He is a non-executive director of Avnet, Inc. and International Consolidated Airlines Group S.A. (Born 1952) 


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 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 and a non-executive Director of DCC plc and 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 The Americas. 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

Gonzalo Restrepo joined the Board in June 2015. He is the former CEO of Almacenes Exito SA, a leading retail company in Latin America and a subsidiary of the French company, Casino Group.He served as the CEO of Almacenes Exito from 1990 until he retired from this position in 2013. He is Chairman of Compania Colombiana de Petroleos SA  and 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

Rosemary Thorne joined the Board in March 2008. She was most recently Group Finance Director for Ladbrokes plc from 2006 to April 2007. Prior to that she was Group Finance Director at 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 with Santander UK plc and Solvay SA. Ms Thorne is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants and a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (Born 1952) 


Carol Fairweather

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.