Wednesday 24 January 2018

Former Smurfit Kappa chief executive Gary McGann named RISI CEO of the year

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Gary McGann, the recently retired chief executive of Irish paper and packaging giant Smurfit Kappa, has been named as received a prestigious international award for CEO of the year.

The award comes from RISI, a US multinational that specialises in producing data on forest products.

Its PPI Awards are the only global awards that are dedicated to recognising the achievements of companies, mills and individuals in the pulp and paper sector.

Michael Smurfit, former CEO of Jefferson Smurfit Group, and Chairman of Smurfit Kappa, received RISI’s inaugural Global CEO of the Year Award in 1999.

Mr McGann, who was recently named as the new chairman of gambling group Paddy Power, is being succeeded by Smurfit Kappa's chief operations officer Tony Smurfit.

As Group CEO he received RISI’s European CEO of the Year Award in 2014 and 2015.

Mr Smurfit said: “Smurfit Kappa is a significantly strengthened business today. We are grateful for Gary’s substantial contribution to the Group’s growth and development. SKG’s industry-leading position today is testament to Gary’s leadership over the last 13 years.”

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