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Ernest Haynes named president of Sonoco Metal Packaging

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Ernest Haynes has been appointed as president of Sonoco Metal Packaging, formed through Sonoco’s acquisition of Ball Metalpack in January.

In his new role, Haynes will lead Sonoco’s newly acquired Metal Packaging business, reporting directly to Howard Coker, Sonoco’s president and CEO. Haynes will replace Jim Peterson who will be transitioning from the business after more than 15 years of leadership.

Haynes will work closely with the Metal Packaging team to continue delivering ‘best-in-class’ solutions for customers and with the integration team to ensure the business achieves its financial and operational goals.

“Our metal packaging business is positioned for future success with Ernest at the helm”, said Coker. “We are working to ensure the integration of the Metal Packaging business will be a seamless transition for all stakeholders and we are committed to maximising continuity for our teams, customers and suppliers.

“We congratulate Ernest on his new role, and we also thank Jim Peterson for his leadership and his continued support during the transition.”

Haynes previously served as division vice-president and general manager of Rigid Paper Containers, North America at Sonoco since 2018. Before that, he served as division vice-president of operations, tubes and cores, US and Canada, since 2015. He is an alumnus of The Wharton School’s Executive General Management Program and a 1997 graduate of Clemson University, with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering.

“I feel honoured to accept this exciting role leading Sonoco Metal Packaging,” commented Haynes. “In my 25 years at Sonoco, I have had the opportunity to hold leadership roles across the organisation, and I look forward to this new opportunity.

“I have already had a chance to travel to many Metal Packaging locations and meet the teams, and it is really the people who make this business so special. Together, I am confident we will achieve great success.”

Sonoco completed its acquisition of Ball Metalpack, the largest aerosol can producer in North America, for $1.35 billion (€1.2 billion). In a statement made at the time, Coker described Sonoco and Ball Metalpack as a “clear strategic fit” and said the metal packaging business complements Sonoco’s largest consumer packaging franchise – its global paper, cans and closures business.




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