Close×

Amcor and Bemis have finalised their appointments for the board of directors and senior leadership teams that will follow their big merger.

Michael Zacka has just taken on the role of president of Amcor Flexibles Asia Pacific.
Michael Zacka will continue to oversee Amcor's Flexibles division in the Asia Pacific.

Michael Zacka will retain his role overseeing flexibles in the Asia-Pacific region, as will Peter Konieczny in EMEA flexibles, Jerzy Czubak in specialty cartons, and Eric Roegner in rigid plastics. Aluisio Fonseca will oversee flexibles in Latin America, while Bemis North America president Fred Stephan will head Amcor’s North American flexibles division.

Bill Austen and Mike Clauer, CEO and CFO at Bemis respectively, will step down from their positions following the merger, but will provide assistance if required during the transition.

According to Ron Delia, CEO Amcor, who will retain his position, the company has thoroughly evaluated both internal and external candidates for the post-merger positions.

Ron Delia, Amcor.
Staying on: Ron Delia, Amcor.

“The most important task in bringing Amcor and Bemis together is creating a strong team of leaders. As we prepare for the combination, we have the unique opportunity to turn two strong teams into the industry’s best.

“I look forward to working alongside all of our talented senior leaders to realise the substantial growth potential of the combined company and to build an even stronger future together,” he said.

Bill Austen added that the merged company, with its new leadership team, would become the “global leader” in consumer packaging.

“Bemis and Amcor are highly complementary organizations that each possess extraordinary talent, and we are confident that together, we will create an even stronger global enterprise that will benefit our shareholders, employees, and customers over the long term.

“This is the next exciting chapter for Bemis, and our teams will carry forward the Bemis legacy as they showcase their talents, knowledge, and passion for our customers and inspired packaging solutions,” he said.

Shareholder meetings for Amcor and Bemis will be held on 2 May, with the merger expected to complete on 15 May.

Food & Drink Business

Australian Food and Grocery Council CEO Tanya Barden says research by the Council shows the value food and grocery manufacturing brings to the economy and local communities.

CSIRO scientists have development new technology to detect gluten in any food and show which grain it comes from, helping to track any contamination in the raw ingredient supply chain, as well accuracy in pack labelling around gluten-free claims.

The 155-year-old milk pasteurisation process is being challenged by a new patented technology from The Wholey Milk Co. Doris Prodanovic reports.