Sonoco VP announces retirement

on Monday, 08 November 2021. Posted in Local News


Sonoco recently announced that Marcy Thompson, its vice president of marketing and innovation, would retire at the end of the calendar year.

Thompson has headed Sonoco’s marketing efforts since 2013. She joined the company in 2006 and became North American division vice president and general manager of tubes and cores and later Sonoco Recycling. She was elected a corporate officer in 2011 and became North American rigid paper containers vice president. Thompson is a graduate of Penn State with a bachelor’s of science degree in metallurgy.

“It is impossible to capture all the contributions Marcy has brought to Sonoco during her 15-year career,” said Sonoco President and CEO Howard Coker. “In addition to running three of our businesses, she has focused our marketing efforts and led the development of the company’s iPS Studio, our centerpiece innovation, research and development center on our Hartsville campus. A valued member of our Executive Committee, Marcy has served as a liaison between Clemson University and the University of South Carolina and has been a strong advocate for our diversity and inclusion programs while personally mentoring more than 200 developing leaders. We wish her all the best as she looks forward to retirement.

” In addition, the company announced the appointments of Ernest Haynes to vice president, Rigid Paper Containers, North America, and Russell Grissett to vice president, Global Flexible Packaging, effective Nov. 1. Haynes and Grissett were both elected corporate officers by the company’s board of directors.

Haynes previously served as division vice president and general manager of Rigid Paper Containers, North America. Prior to that, he served as division vice president and general manager of Tubes and Cores, U.S. and Canada, since 2018. He is an alumnus of The Wharton School’s Executive General Management Program and a 1997 graduate of Clemson University. In his 24 years with Sonoco, he’s held numerous leadership roles within both the Consumer and Industrial divisions. Haynes also leads Sonoco’s Corporate Customer Experience Council. He joined the company in 1997.

Grissett previously served as division vice president and general manager of Global Flexibles. Prior to that, he served as division vice president and general manager of Protective Solutions. In his 28 years with Sonoco, he has demonstrated strong commercial and operational leadership in the Company’s Consumer Packaging and Protective Solutions businesses. Grissett began his career in the consumer sector of Sonoco and has held several leadership positions in sales, marketing and operations. He received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Auburn University. Grissett serves on the executive committee and board of directors for the Flexibles Packaging Association. He joined the company in 1993.