Advisory Board

Meet our Directors


Alain Baudant - Chairman

Alain Baudant was Group VP Corporate Affairs until September 2015. He joined the Smurfit Kappa in 1995 after 20 years in the Saint-Gobain Group where he had held positions in Sales, Finance and General Management in the Cast Iron Piping, Glass, Building Materials and Wood and Paper Divisions. CEO of Papeteries de Condat from 1995 to 2000, he was then in charge of Smurfit’s operations in Asia. From 2003 to 2015, he held the position of Chief Executive Office, Paper and Board Division.    


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. 


John O'Loughlin - Director

John was CEO of Smurfit Kappa Ireland until his retirement in June 2019, having been appointed to that position in 2001. He started his career in Smurfit Paper Mills in Dublin in 1978, where he was appointed General Manager in 1991

Meet our Advisors


Juan Guillermo Castañeda - Advisor

Appointed CEO of Smurfit Kappa 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.   


Dominique Binet - Advisor

Dominique was Vice President Sourcing of Smurfit Kappa until his retirement in July 2017, having been appointed to that position in 2005. He joined Smurfit Kappa in 2001 as Vice President Purchasing. Prior to that, he had held various positions at Arjo Wiggins as lawyer, in Human Resources, as Mill Manager, Group General Secretary and as Procurement Director. 


Gianluca Castellini - Advisor

Appointed CEO Smurfit Kappa Italy in March 2019 and was previously Group VP of Human Resources. He joined Smurfit Kappa 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.  

Sharon Whitehead

Sharon Whitehead - Advisor

Appointed Group VP of Human Resources in 2019. Sharon joined the Company in March 2019. Prior to joining Smurfit Kappa, she worked at Kerry Group plc. in various international HR Leadership roles over a 20 year career , most recently as the Global Vice President HR. Her previous roles included Global Director of Change and Communications, EMEA Vice President HR and Asia Pacific Vice President HR.


Jim Fitzharris - Advisor

Jim Fitzharris was Assistant Group Secretary of Smurfit Kappa until April 2017, having been appointed to that position in 1997. He joined Smurfit Kappa in 1988 and worked in the Company Secretarial area. Prior to joining Smurfit Kappa, he worked for the Irish Civil Service in a number of Government departments.