Executive Insights

Tony Smurfit, CEO Smurfit Kappa Group, features in Executive Insights, in association with KPMG

By Business & Finance
23 February 2022

Tony Smurfit, CEO Smurfit Kappa Group, features in third instalment of Executive Insights, in association with KPMG

Executive Insights is an in-conversation content series featuring thought leaders from across the Irish business community. Hosted by KPMG, the series explores business strategy and how to navigate the current climate. This episode features Tony Smurfit, CEO Smurfit Kappa Group in conversation with Sarah Freeman, Managing Editor of Business & Finance.

Smurfit Kappa Group plc (SKG), is one of the leading providers of paper-based packaging solutions in the world. The company operates in 36 countries globally and employs 48,000 people. It is currently listed on the Dublin and London Stock Exchanges and has a market capitalisation of approximately €11.7 billion.

Tony Smurfit was Chief Operations Officer from November 2002 to September 2015 and he has held a number of other management positions having worked in various parts of the organisation both in the United States and Europe since he joined the company in 1986. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 1989.

 He is a former Director of Aer Rianta (the Irish Airport Authority which is owned by the Irish Government), the Irish National Stud (an Irish Government owned operation), C&C plc, Ibec (Irish Business Employers Confederation) and currently sits on the Board of ERT (European Round Table of Industry), and CEPI (Confederation of European Paper Industries).

He was appointed Honorary Consul of Mexico to Ireland in 2003 and was honoured by the French Government in 2004 when he was nominated Chevalier of the French Legion of Honour. He was subsequently nominated Commander of the French Legion of Honour in 2017. He holds an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration and is a member of the Turf Club of Ireland.

See the interview below:

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