Berry Plastics announces new President, COO

Announcement comes in advance of CEO's retirement in early 2017
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October 05, 2016

Berry Plastics Group Inc. (Evansville, IN) has appointed Thomas E. (Tom) Salmon as its President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective October 3, 2016. As President and COO, Salmon will be responsible for the Company’s operating businesses, operations, supply chain, and procurement. Salmon currently serves as President of the Berry’s Consumer Packaging division.

Jon Rich, the current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), will retire as CEO effective in February 2017. Upon his retirement, Rich will continue to stay on as Executive Chairman of the Board.

“The creation of the President and COO role is the next step in our ongoing succession process. Tom’s background, experience and track record of success leading multiple Berry divisions throughout his career with the Company make him eminently qualified to take on this important leadership role,” said Rich. “Berry is well positioned to continue the success we have achieved since our IPO in 2012. The Company has a strong leadership team and the time is right for the next generation to take Berry into the future. I look forward to continuing my role with the Company as Executive Chairman.”

Salmon, age 53, came to Berry Plastics in 2007 upon Berry’s acquisition of Covalence Specialty Materials where he had led the Adhesives Division for four years. From 2007-14, he served as President of Berry’s Engineered Materials Division, prior to being appointed President of Berry’s Rigid Closed Top Division in 2014 and President of Berry’s Consumer Packaging Division in 2015. Before joining Covalence, Salmon was General Manager of Honeywell Plastics and Global Sales Director for Allied Signal’s Engineering Plastics and Films. He began his career with General Electric and held a variety of commercial positions during his 12 years in GE’s Plastics and Lighting divisions.

“I’m excited to take on this new role as Berry’s President and COO,” said Salmon. “I look forward to continuing Berry’s long history of delivering value to our customers and shareholders while providing great opportunities for our employees and the communities where we are located.”

Rich has been the Company’s Chairman and CEO since October 2010. Prior to this role, Rich served as President and CEO of Momentive Performance Materials Inc. Prior to Momentive, he held executive positions at Goodyear Tire and Rubber, including President of Goodyear North American Tire and President of Goodyear Chemical. Rich began his career at General Electric in 1982, where he was employed for nearly 18 years in a variety of R&D, operational and executive roles.

Salmon will continue to act as President—Consumer Packaging Division until his successor is found.

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