New president at Sonoco Metal Packaging

Sonoco has announced that Ernest Haynes has been appointed to the role of President of Sonoco Metal Packaging.

In this new role, Haynes will lead Sonoco’s newly acquired metal packaging business, reporting directly to Howard Coker, Sonoco President and CEO. Haynes will replace Jim Peterson who will be transitioning from the business after more than 15 years of leadership. Haynes will work closely with the metal packaging team to continue delivering best-in-class solutions for customers and with the integration team to ensure the business achieves its financial and operational goals.  

“Our Metal Packaging business is positioned for future success with Ernest at the helm,” said Coker. “We are working to ensure the integration of the metal packaging business will be a seamless transition for all stakeholders—and we are committed to maximising continuity for our teams, customers and suppliers.

“We congratulate Ernest on his new role, and we also thank Jim Peterson for his leadership and his continued support during the transition.” 

Haynes previously served as Division Vice President and General Manager of Rigid Paper Containers, North America since 2018. Prior to that, he served as Division Vice President of Operations, Tubes and Cores, US and Canada since 2015.

“I feel honoured to accept this exciting role leading Sonoco Metal Packaging. In my 25 years at Sonoco, I have had the opportunity to hold leadership roles across the organisation, and I look forward to this new opportunity,” said Haynes. “I have already had a chance to travel to many metal packaging locations and meet the teams, and it is really the people who make this business so special. Together, I am confident we will achieve great success.” 

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