“The announcement of our executive leadership team marks an important milestone in the merging of our companies,” said Voorhees, CEO of RockTenn. “I am confident that this is the right team with the right expertise to execute our core strategies to succeed in paper and packaging markets and to create significant value for our shareholders.”
“Together, MWV and RockTenn are creating the premier global packaging company, unrivaled in terms of capabilities, customers and reach,” said Luke, chairman and CEO of MWV. “We have drawn from the best talent of each company to build a leadership team that is unmatched in the industry, with the commercial, operational and financial expertise to drive our business forward and generate substantial shareholder value.”
The executive leadership team announced includes:
• Bob Beckler, president, Packaging Solutions
• Nina Butler, chief sustainability officer
• Ward Dickson, chief financial officer
• Pete Durette, chief strategy officer
• Jennifer Graham-Johnson, chief human resources officer
• Bob McIntosh, general counsel
• Jim Porter, president, Paper Solutions
• Linda Schreiner, chief integration officer
• Ed Rose, president, Specialty Chemicals, and Ken Seeger, president, Community Development and Land Management, will continue in their current leadership roles and report to Voorhees.
The transaction remains on track to close in the second calendar quarter of 2015 and is subject to shareholder approvals of both MWV and RockTenn, certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.
Beckler is currently EVP, MWV, and president of packaging. Since joining MWV in 1987, Beckler has held a variety of roles in research, business development and leadership across specialty chemicals, industrial packaging and the company’s core packaging business.
Butler is currently SVP and senior environmental counsel, RockTenn. Butler joined RockTenn in 2011 with the acquisition of Smurfit-Stone, where she served as senior environmental counsel.
Dickson is currently EVP and CFO, RockTenn. Prior to joining RockTenn in 2013, he served as senior vice president of finance for the global sales and service organization of Cisco Systems.
Durette is currently SVP of strategy, MWV, and leader of the Home, Health & Beauty segment. Since joining MWV as VP and chief strategy officer in 2009, Durette has helped reshape the company’s portfolio, leading many of its major growth initiatives and investments. Prior to joining MWV, Durette was with Textron, Inc. and Marakon Associates.
Graham-Johnson is currently EVP, human resources, RockTenn. Graham-Johnson joined RockTenn in 1993 in risk management and has since served in a variety of leadership roles for the company, including director of benefits and SVP, employee services.
McIntosh is currently EVP, general counsel and secretary, RockTenn. He was senior vice president, general counsel and secretary from 2000 to 2008, and vice president and general counsel from 1995 to 1999.
Porter is currently in the same role at RockTenn, leading the company’s containerboard, paperboard and pulp mills, as well as the forest resources organization, recycling business and sales of containerboard, paperboard, recycled fiber and pulp. Previously, Porter served as president of corrugated packaging. Porter joined RockTenn in 2008 with the acquisition of Southern Container Corp., where he was president and COO.
Schreiner is currently SVP, human resources, communications and the MWV Foundation, MWV. Schreiner oversees organization strategy and development, talent management and total rewards for MWV’s global workforce. Prior to MWV, Schreiner was with Arthur D. Little and Signet Bank.