USA • Robert C. Tiede has been appointed as the new president and CEO of Sonoco, replacing the retiring Jack Sanders, who served in this role since 2013.
Since joining the company in 2004, Tiede has led all of Sonoco’s global consumer-related businesses. Before becoming executive vice president and COO, he served as senior vice president, global consumer packaging and services. In 2006, Tiede assumed responsibility for Sonoco’s global packaging services business, and in 2007 he was named division vice president and general manager of the company’s flexible packaging division. Prior to joining Sonoco, Tiede worked in private equity as president of Bostic Packaging/CorrFlex from 2000 to 2004 and president of Sterling International from 1998 to 2000. He also served as executive vice president of operations for Graphic Packaging International, Inc.’s flexible packaging division from 1994 to 1998.
In addition, Tiede is active in industry and community organizations and is the outgoing chairman of the Flexible Packaging Association and the chairman of the Hartsville United Way.