Management changes at Ball
Seabrook (pictured), who is executive vice president and chief operating officer, global packaging operations, will retire at the end of this year. Two Ball and packaging industry veterans, Gerrit Heske and Michael Feldser, will succeed him and lead the company’s global metal packaging businesses.
Heske, formerly president of Ball Packaging Europe, will become senior vice president of Ball Corporation and chief operating officer, global metal beverage packaging. Feldser, who has led Ball’s food and household products packaging division, Americas, since 2007, will become senior vice president of Ball Corporation and chief operating officer, global metal food and household products packaging.
“Throughout Ray’s long and successful career, he has made numerous contributions to Ball and has been a key driver of our company’s ability to consistently create value for our shareholders,” said John A. Hayes, president and chief executive officer. “Our company is stronger today due in no small part to Ray’s leadership and dedication, and we thank Ray for his many years of service, and wish him the best in retirement.”
Heske will be responsible for leading Ball’s metal beverage packaging businesses in the Americas, Europe and Asia.
Feldser will lead Ball’s metal food and household packaging products businesses globally, including the company’s Ball Aerocan extruded aluminum packaging businesses around the world and Ball’s food, aerosol and speciality packaging operations in North America.
In other changes, Colin Gillis will succeed Heske as president of Ball Packaging Europe. Tony Barnett will succeed Gillis as president of Ball’s metal beverage packaging joint venture in Brazil, Latapack-Ball Embalagens.