Vicki Arthur, SVP, plastics packaging and protective solutions, is retiring from Sonoco after 34 years.
Rodger Fuller was named SVP, global consumer packaging, display & packaging and protective solutions.
Fuller will have responsibility for all of Sonoco’s consumer-related businesses, including global rigid paper and closures; global plastics; global flexible packaging; display & packaging; and protective solutions. In addition, he will have responsibility for several support organizations, including marketing and innovation; consumer technology; supply management and logistics; and quality.
Howard Coker has been named SVP, global paper/industrial converted products.
Coker will lead all of Sonoco’s Industrial-related businesses, including industrial Europe/Asia/Australia/New Zealand; tube and core, U.S. & Canada; paper/adhesives, U.S. and Canada; Sonoco recycling; Conitex; reels; industrial, Latin America; and industrial, Brazil. He will also have several support organizations reporting to him, including global safety; industrial supply chain, Americas; and global SPS (Sonoco Performance System).
“Rodger and Howard have deep Consumer and Industrial leadership experience, with each accumulating 33 years of committed service to Sonoco,” said Tiede. “While we will maintain four segments for financial reporting purposes, moving to a more simplified Consumer and Industrial leadership structure will help speed decision making and drive accountability throughout our organization.”
Fuller, 57, was previously SVP, paper/engineered carriers U.S./Canada & display and packaging.
Prior to this, he was group VP, paper and industrial converting, U.S. and Canada, and VP, global primary materials group. Rodger began his career at Sonoco in 1985.
Coker, 56, was SVP, global rigid paper and closures & paper/engineered carriers international. He also was group VP of RPC & paper/engineered carriers international and was VP, Global RPC and Plastics.
Arthur, 60, joined Sonoco in 1984 and held numerous management-level positions in corporate accounting, financial reporting and treasury. She served as staff VP and controller for several Sonoco businesses before being named Sonoco’s staff VP and treasurer in 2002.
She was VP, global corporate customers from 2008 through 2011, where she had P&L responsibility for Sonoco’s seven largest global packaged goods customers with annual sales of more than $1 billion. From there she became VP and GM of protective solutions and then added responsibility for the company’s plastics businesses in 2017.
“It would be impossible to recount everything that Vicki has done over her career at Sonoco. As SVP of plastic packaging and protective solutions, and as a member of our Corporate Executive Committee, Vicki had responsibility for businesses with more than 50 operating facilities in North America, Europe and Asia with sales of approximately $1.5 billion and more than 4,000 associates,” said Tiede. “Yet a list of positions does not come close to capturing the true measure of her contribution to Sonoco. Her humbleness, her sense of humor, her humanity and her willingness to help others are the things that will be remembered by those impacted by her friendship and her leadership.”