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Advisory board

Gerry Fagan, Chairman

Gerry Fagan was Group Financial Controller of Smurfit Kappa until January 2011, having been appointed to that position in 1987. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in the United Kingdom. Since his retirement Gerry has taken up a number of Non-Executive Directorships in Ireland. He is chairman of the Smurfit Kappa Foundation. (Born 1949).

Gianluca Castellini, Director

Appointed Group VP of Human Resources in 2013. He joined the Company in 2004 in Italy as Management Development and Compensation Manager. In 2006 he was appointed as Italy HR Director for the Corrugated Division. Before joining the Company he was with Total and SSB Milan. He is a graduate in Economics from the Bocconi University, Milan. (Born 1969) 

Brendan Tuohy, Director

Brendan Tuohy serves on a number of commercial and non-profit boards. He was formerly Secretary General of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. Brendan served as Vice-Chairman of the United Nations Task Force on Information and Communications Technology for Development. He is currently Chairman of the Global eSchools and Communities Initiative and a number of other bodies. He holds a degree in civil engineering from University College Cork and postgraduate from Dublin University, Trinity College. (Born 1955).



Marie Barrett, Director

Marie Barrett joined Smurfit Kappa in 2006. She currently works as Group Accountant at the Company’s Head Quarters in Dublin. Prior to this Marie worked as Treasury Accountant with Smurfit Kappa Treasury.   She is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accounts and has a B.Sc. in Business Studies and Finance. For the past number of years Marie  has been a member of the social committee, helping to organise a number of charity fundraising events. (Born 1978)



Juan Guillermo Castañeda, Director

Appointed CEO of The Americas in January 2014. He was previously the Vice President of Finance, Human Resources and Administration for The Americas since July 2010. Juan Guillermo joined the company in 1984 and has held various Finance positions including Vice President of Finance in Colombia. He went on to manage the Sacks division between 2009 and 2010. (Born 1961)


Ben van der Weerden, Advisor

Ben van der Weerden joined Smurfit Kappa in 1987. He was involved in all Smurfit Kappa acquisitions in Europe and had responsibility over the company's interests in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and certain product organisations. Ben subsequently formed the European Smurfit Kappa Corrugated Division and directed it as CEO until his retirement in 2002. He currently acts as Chairman of the supervisory board of the German Smurfit Kappa companies. (Born 1938).