Sonoco Announces Consumer Packaging and Services Management Appointments



    HARTSVILLE, S.C., June 18 /CNW/ - Sonoco (NYSE:   SON), one of the largest
diversified global packaging companies, today announced management
appointments in its Consumer Packaging and Packaging Services segments,
according to Harris E. DeLoach Jr., chairman, president and chief executive
officer. All of the appointments are effective July 1, 2007.

    Rob C. Tiede, 48, president of Sonoco CorrFlex, has been named division
vice president and general manager of Sonoco's Flexible Packaging division. In
this position, Tiede will have responsibility for Sonoco's North American
flexible packaging operations, including seven converting and two cylinder
engraving plants in the United States and Canada.

    Tiede joined Sonoco in May 2004 as head of Sonoco CorrFlex following the
acquisition of the CorrFlex Graphics' point-of-purchase (P-O-P) merchandising
display and supply chain management business. In January 2006, Tiede picked up
additional responsibility for the Company's global packaging services
business. Tiede has extensive experience in flexible packaging operations and
from 1994 through 1998 was executive vice president of Graphic Packaging
International, Inc., heading its flexible packaging division. Sonoco acquired
Graphic Packaging's flexible packaging operations in 1999. Tiede also was
president of Sterling International from 1998 to 2000 and president of Bostic
Packaging/CorrFlex from 2000 to 2004.

    Tiede received a business administration diploma from Red River Community
College in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in 1980 and is a chartered accountant
with the Canadian Institute of Charted Accountants for Manitoba and Canada.
Tiede will relocate to Hartsville from Winston-Salem, N.C., and continues to
report to Charles L. Sullivan, Jr., executive vice president of Sonoco's
global consumer packaging and services businesses.

    Brad D. Ross, 47, division vice president and general manager--Procter &
Gamble, has been named division vice president and general manager of Sonoco's
Packaging Services segment, replacing Tiede. In this position, Ross will have
responsibility for Sonoco's North American point-of-purchase merchandising
display and global packaging services operations and will continue to have
global responsibility for coordinating Sonoco's relationship with Procter &
Gamble, until a replacement can be named. He will remain in Winston-Salem and
continues to report to Sullivan.

    Ross joined Sonoco in 1987 and has held several sales and marketing
management positions in the Company's consumer packaging and services
businesses. From 1993 to 1996, Ross was division marketing manager for
Sonoco's Rigid Paper and Plastics division. He was sales manager and later
division vice president of sales and marketing for the Company's Flexible
Packaging division from 1996 to 2000. He developed Sonoco's Packaging Services
division and was division vice president and general manager--Packaging
Services from 2000 to 2006 when he was named division vice president and
general manager--Procter & Gamble. Ross received a B.S. degree in business
administration in 1981 and an MBA in 1986 from the University of North
Carolina. He also received a M.A. degree in economics from Old Dominion
University in 1988.

    Charles W. Coker, Jr., 46, currently division vice president and general
manager--Flexible Packaging, has been named staff vice president of customer
and business development. Coker replaces Eddie L. Smith, who became vice
president--Industrial Products and Paper/Europe in January 2007. In this
position, Coker will be responsible for measuring and driving improvements in
customer satisfaction and coordinating business development and cross-selling
opportunities between all of Sonoco's industrial and consumer businesses. He
will report to DeLoach.

    Coker is a 1981 graduate of Vanderbilt University with a B.S. degree in
general engineering and received an MBA degree from the University of Virginia
in 1985. Coker joined Sonoco in 1981 and has held several corporate and
division management, sales, marketing and staff positions. He previously
served as division vice president and general manager--Protective Packaging
from 2001 to 2005 and director and staff vice president--corporate purchasing
and logistics from 1997-2001.

    About Sonoco

    Founded in 1899, Sonoco is a $3.7 billion global manufacturer of
industrial and consumer products and provider of packaging services, with more
than 300 operations in 35 countries, serving customers in some 85 nations. For
more information on the Company, visit our Web site at http://www.sonoco.com/.




For further information:

For further information: Sonoco Roger Schrum, 843-339-6018
roger.schrum@sonoco.com

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