Morris Named Division Vice President, Paper North America Sales and Marketing

    HARTSVILLE, S.C., December 12 /CNW/ - Sonoco (NYSE:   SON), one of the
largest diversified global packaging companies, today announced that James W.
Morris has been named division vice president, Paper North America Sales and
Marketing, effective immediately, according to Marty Pignone, vice president,
Paper North America.

    In this position, Morris will be responsible for continuing to drive
external sales of Sonoco's uncoated recycled paperboard throughout North
America markets. "Under Jim's leadership, external paperboard sales and
volumes have grown substantially. He has built a strong team, and put in place
rigorous growth processes that are achieving commercial excellence," said

    Morris joined Sonoco in November 1977 and held several commercial
positions of increasing authority in the Company's Tubes and Cores division.
In 2003, he joined the Company's North America Paper division as director,
sales and marketing. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration
from the University of Massachusetts.

    About Sonoco

    Founded in 1899, Sonoco is a $3.7 billion global manufacturer of
industrial and consumer products and provider of packaging services, with
approximately 330 operations in 35 countries, serving customers in some 85
nations. For more information on the Company, visit our Web site at

For further information:

For further information: Sonoco Roger Schrum, 843-339-6018

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