Berry Plastics Group names Thomas Salmon president and COO
Mr. Salmon currently serves as President of the Company’s Consumer Packaging Division. He will continue to act as President – Consumer Packaging Division until his successor is appointed.
Mr. Salmon joined the Company in 2007 with 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, 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.
The Company also announced that its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan D. Rich, has informed the Board of Directors of his intention to retire as Chief Executive Officer effective in February 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.
Prior to Momentive, 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. Upon his retirement, he will continue to serve as Executive Chairman of the Board.