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Sonoco announces changes to its senior leadership team

April 14, 2022  By P&PC Staff

Sonoco recently announced changes to its senior operational leadership, effective immediately.

Rodger Fuller has been named chief operating officer, continuing to report to company CEO and president Howard Coker. Sean Cairns has been named president of Sonoco’s global rigid paper and closures division, including operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, reporting to Fuller. James Harrell has been named president of Global Industrial Paper Packaging, reporting to Fuller, and has responsibility for all of Sonoco’s industrial businesses globally. Jeff Tomaszewski has been named president of Sonoco’s diversified businesses, reporting to Coker.

Fuller was previously executive vice-president of global consumer and industrial in the company. He has 36 years of operational leadership experience and will be in charge of driving an increased focus on centralization and standardization for the company’s largest integrated businesses.


Cairns joined Sonoco in 2008 and was previously division vice-president and general manager of Sonoco’s consumer products in Europe. During his tenure, he has grown Sonoco’s European consumer business from less than $70 million to nearly $425 million in 2021.

Harrell was previously vice-president of Industrial Americas. He has 37 years of experience with Sonoco, including running the company’s industrial operations in the Americas and Europe.

In this position, Tomaszewski will be responsible for maximizing performance and profitability in the company’s diversified businesses, primarily in the ‘All Other’ group of businesses, where fewer opportunities exist to realize the benefit of strong centralization. Tomaszewski joined Sonoco in 2002 and previously was vice-president of North America consumer and global rigid paper and closures since 2020.

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