Today, Berry Plastics Group, Inc. (NYSE:BERY), announced key executive management appointments, underscoring the Company’s commitment to its strategic plans for global growth. Jeff Thompson, Berry Plastics’ current Chief Legal Officer will lead the Company’s international business development initiatives, in his new role as Berry Plastics’ Executive Vice President – International.
“These changes will facilitate exciting growth opportunities with our customers around the world,” said Jon Rich, Chairman and CEO of Berry Plastics. “Our initial focus will be to grow with our existing customers in Latin America and Asia, introducing technology based value-added products.”
Jason Greene will now lead the Company’s legal organization as its Executive Vice President – General Counsel. Greene most recently served as the Company’s Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel.
“I am extremely pleased that Jeff and Jason have accepted these key positions within our executive management team,” said Jon Rich, Chairman and CEO of Berry Plastics. “Jeff has provided outstanding leadership during his nine years with the Company, where he has led many acquisitions which have helped Berry become the company it is today. In addition, Jason has provided excellent legal counsel to our leadership team as we prepared to become a public company.”“The dedicated focus on their respective areas, coupled with their knowledge of and passion for our business, will allow Jeff and Jason to drive success within their functions,” added Rich. “Their leadership will be key as we implement initiatives in support of our strategies to further reduce our overall debt leverage, pursue innovative organic growth opportunities, identify value adding acquisitions, and take steps to grow our business internationally.” Prior to joining Berry Plastics, Thompson focused his legal practice on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and corporate law. Thompson holds a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Indiana University and a Juris Doctor from Indiana University Indianapolis. He is licensed to practice law in Indiana and Colorado and is a member of the Indiana and Evansville bar associations. Greene joined Berry Plastics in 2010. Prior to joining the Company, Greene was a Business Transactions and Tax Counsel at Taylor English Duma LLP in Atlanta. From 1998-2007, he held a similar role at Powell Goldstein LLP, and began his career in Arthur Andersen’s tax practice. Greene holds a Bachelor’s in Accounting, Master’s in Accounting, and Juris Doctor all from the University of Florida.
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