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Smurfit Kappa appoints Saverio Mayer as Europe CEO

Smurfit Kappa Group, a manufacturer of paper-based packaging products, with operations in Europe and the Americas, has appointed Saverio Mayer, COO of Corrugated and Converting Europe, as CEO Europe.

He succeeds Roberto Villaquiran who steps down from this position to pursue another opportunity.

 Tony Smurfit, Group CEO said: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Saverio Mayer as CEO Europe. Saverio Mayer has been with the Group for over 30 years and was most recently the COO of our European Corrugated and Converting operations.

“Saverio has played a key role in the growth and development of our European business and will bring great energy and experience to the role.

“Roberto leaves Smurfit Kappa to pursue another opportunity outside of the paper-based packaging sector. He has helped the Group build and sustain its leading position in Europe and we thank him for his significant contribution to the Group in his various leadership roles. We wish him well for the future.”

The person responsible for arranging for the release of this announcement on behalf of Smurfit Kappa Group plc is Michael O'Riordan, Company Secretary.

The date and time of this announcement is the same as the date and time that it has been communicated to the media – 7.30am on 5th April 2017.

 Since joining the Company in 1986, Saverio has held a number of commercial and operational roles. In 1996 he became Head of Pan European Sales before taking up the position of CEO of Italy in 2001.

 In conjunction with his role in Italy, Saverio has also been CEO of SK Russia 2007-2009, CEO of SK Poland from 2007-2011 and since 2011 was responsible for the Bag-in-Box (‘BIB’) Division.

In September 2015, he was appointed Chief Operations Officer of Corrugated and Converting Europe and was responsible for the operational, sales, and financial performance of the corrugated plants and BIB