WestRock Co., Atlanta, has announced that Jim Porter, president of business development and Latin America, has decided to retire, effective Dec. 31. Following his retirement, Porter will continue to contribute to WestRock by serving as one of its representatives on the board managers of Gondi, S. de R.L. de C.V., the company’s Grupo Gondi joint venture, and an advisor to the company.
According to a news release from WestRock, Porter has worked in the paper and packaging industry for most of his 46-year career. After earning his degree in forest management from the University of Missouri, he began his career with Menasha. In 1993, he joined Southern Container and was president and chief operating officer when WestRock acquired Southern Container in 2008. He has helped to lead the development of the company’s corrugated packaging business and its growth in Latin America, including the company’s operations in Brazil and joint venture with Grupo Gondi in Mexico. Porter also received the RISI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.
Additionally, Porter serves on the board of the American Forest Foundation and the Forest History Society. WestRock reports that he recently was inducted into the International Corrugated Foundation’s Circle of Distinguished Leaders. He is also a member of the Society of American Foresters, Certified Forester.
“Throughout his career, Jim has demonstrated exceptional leadership and passion for people,” says Steve Voorhees, chief executive officer of WestRock. “WestRock has benefited incredibly from his strategic and operational expertise, and we all wish Jim and his wife, Pam, the very best in retirement.”