The board of directors of Berry Plastics Group Inc. recently announced that Thomas E. Salmon has been unanimously elected as president and COO. He reportedly will be responsible for the company’s operating businesses, operations, supply chain, and procurement. Salmon currently serves as president of the company’s Consumer Packaging Division; he will reportedly hold that position until his successor is appointed.

“The creation of the president and chief operating officer role is the next step in our ongoing succession process,” said Johnathan D. Rich, chairman and CEO. “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.”  

Salmon joined the company in 2007 with Berry’s acquisition of Covalence Specialty Materials, where he had led the Adhesives Division for four years. 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 chief operating officer,” 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.”

In addition, Rich has informed the board of his intention to retire as CEO effective in February 2017. Upon his retirement, Rich will continue to serve as executive chairman of the board.

Rich has been the company’s chairman and CEO since October 2010. Prior to this role, he served as president and CEO of Momentive Performance Materials Inc. 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.

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