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Wood to Head Sonoco's European Tube, Core, Paperboard Operations

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Sonoco, Hartsville, S.C., USA, has named Adam Wood division VP and GM of Converted Products/Paper – Europe, effective January 1. Wood replaces Eddie Smith, who is retiring after nearly 40 years with Sonoco. Smith will remain with the company through March 31 to help with the transition and to work on special projects.

In his new position, Wood will have responsibility for the Sonoco-Alcore business unit that includes 30 tube and core plants and six uncoated recycled paperboard mills operating in 15 European countries with more than 1,650 employees. He will report to John Colyer, VP, Global Industrial Converting.

Wood joined Sonoco in 2003 as regional sales director for the company's European tube and core business. He then served as a regional sales manager for Sonoco's North American tube and core business before returning to the company's European business in 2007. Prior to joining Sonoco, Wood served in sales management positions with Pactiv Ltd., and Tenneco in Europe. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management and holds an MBA from Bradford University School of Management.

Smith, a member of Sonoco's executive committee, joined the company in 1990 after it acquired the composite can business of Carnaud Metal Box, where he served from 1971 to 1990. He subsequently held several GM positions at Sonoco, including for the company's European consumer products operations and its flexible packaging business in North America. Prior to heading industrial operations in Europe, Smith was VP of customer and business development at the company's headquarters.


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