DS Smith appoints Rogier Gerritsen new managing director of Recycling Division


DS Smith, which is leader in the production of FSE100 sustainable packaging, has announced the appointment of Rogier Gerritsen asnew managing director of its Recycling Division. Reporting to Colin McIntyre, Divisional CEO for Paper & Recycling, will be responsible for the Group’s recycling operations across Europe – managing around 6 million tonnes annually of paper for recycling into DS Smith’s own and partner mills.
Gerritsen joined DS Smith in 2012, holding senior roles in both the Packaging and Paper divisions and gaining valuable experience across the full spectrum of sustainable paper and packaging production. Gerritsen is currently working as a cluster director for the Paper Division, overseeing the operational and commercial activities of some of DS Smith’s largest mills for recycled papers in Europe.
He will transition into his new role in October with Jonathan Silk, Finance director for the Recycling Division, acting as Interim managing director from August to October. «I am excited about this new opportunity and the prospect of working in the sector as it responds to the recycling challenge that comes from huge changes in consumer shopping habits,» says Gerritsen.
«As we see more packaging entering household recycling streams, we must focus on making sure that the right collection infrastructure, namely separate collections of paper, are in place to facilitate the best quality paper possible for recycling».
Gerritsen succeeds Jochen Behr, who is leaving DS Smith at the end of July, after over three years at the helm of the Recycling Division, to take up an opportunity in Australia.