Sonoco Elects New President, CEO

Jack Sanders is only the eighth CEO in Sonoco’s 114-year history.

April 3, 2013
Recycling Today Staff
Paper Personnel

The board of directors of paper manufacturing and recycling company Sonoco, Hartsville, S.C., has elected Jack Sanders (right) president and CEO. Sanders’ appointment follows the retirement of Harris DeLoach Jr., who has spent 27 years with the company. DeLoach will remain Sonoco's executive chairman of the board.

“I’m extremely proud and honored to be elected to lead such a great company,” says Sanders. “Sonoco was founded on creativity, hard work, a spirit of innovation and a focus on satisfying our customers while creating value for our shareholders. We want to continue building on past successes and defining a new future for this exceptional company.”

Sanders was elected a corporate officer and named vice president, industrial products, North America, in 2001. He was subsequently named vice president, global industrial products in January 2006 and assumed responsibility for all industrial converting businesses as senior vice president in July 2007. In 2008 Sanders was named executive vice president, industrial, with global operating responsibility for all of the company’s businesses serving industrial markets, including Sonoco’s tubes and cores, paper, reels, protective packaging, paperboard specialties and recycling businesses.

Prior to assuming his current position, Sanders served as the executive vice president of Sonoco’s global consumer businesses, where he was responsible for rigid paper and closures, rigid plastics, flexible packaging and display and packaging.