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Sonoco announces changes to its leadership team


November 9, 2021
By P&PC Staff

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Sonoco has announced that Marcy Thompson, vice-president of marketing and innovation of the company, will be retiring at the end of this year. Additionally, the company has appointed Ernest Haynes to the position of vice-president of rigid paper containers for North America and Russell Grissett to the position of vice-president of global flexible packaging, effective Nov. 1. Haynes and Grissett were both elected corporate officers by the company’s board of directors.

Thompson has led Sonoco’s marketing efforts since 2013. She joined the company in 2006 and became division vice-president and general manager of tubes and cores for U.S. and Canada, and later Sonoco Recycling. Thompson was elected a corporate officer in 2011 and was appointed as the vice-president of rigid paper containers for North America.

“It is impossible to capture all the contributions Marcy has brought to Sonoco during her 15-year career. In addition to running three of our businesses, she has focused our marketing efforts and led the development of the company’s iPS Studio, our center-piece innovation, research and development center on our Hartsville campus. A valued member of our executive committee, Marcy has served as a liaison between Clemson University and the University of South Carolina and has been a strong advocate for our diversity and inclusion programs while personally mentoring more than 200 developing leaders,” said Howard Coker, president and CEO. “We wish her all the best as she looks forward to retirement.”

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Haynes previously served as division vice-president and general manager of rigid paper containers for North America. He had held the position of division vice-president and general manager of tubes and cores for U.S. and Canada since 2018. Haynes joined Sonoco in 1997.

Grissett has previously served as the division vice-president and general manager of global flexibles. He had also held the position of division vice-president and general manager of protective solutions. He has been with the company for 28 years, having served in various commercial and operational leadership roles in Sonoco’s consumer packaging and protective solutions businesses.

Both Haynes and Grissett report to Jeff Tomaszewski, vice-president of North America consumer and global rigid paper containers.