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Berry Plastics Group names Thomas E. Salmon CEO

Berry PlasticsBerry Plastics Group, a manufacturer and marketer of plastic packaging products, announced that it has elected Thomas E. Salmon as the company’s chief executive officer and appointed him to the board of directors.

Mr. Salmon joined the Company in 2007 with Berry’s acquisition of Covalence Specialty Materials, where he led the Adhesives Division for four years.

From 2007-14, Mr. Salmon 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, Mr. 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.

Mr. Salmon, who most recently served as the Company’s President and Chief Operating Officer, succeeds Jonathan D. Rich whose previously announced plans to retire as Berry’s CEO become effective February 3, 2017.

Mr. Rich has been the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since October 2010.

Prior to this role, Mr. Rich served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Momentive Performance Materials, Inc.

He held executive positions at Goodyear Tire and Rubber, including President of Goodyear North American Tire and President of Goodyear Chemical.

Mr. 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. He will continue as the Executive Chairman of Berry’s Board.


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