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Management team

David Hathorn, 53 – Chief executive officer

Appointed: May 2007

Committee memberships: Executive (chairman), sustainable development, social & ethics

Qualifications: Graduated in commerce from the University of Natal, chartered accountant (South Africa)

Experience: David has more than 24 years’ experience in the packaging and paper industry with strong financial and commercial experience of the sector. He completed articles with Deloitte & Touche in Johannesburg in 1987. He joined Anglo American plc in 1989 as a divisional finance manager, moving to Mondi in 1991 and going on to serve as finance director and then general manager of Mondi Europe until 2000, when he was appointed chief executive officer of the Mondi Group. He has led Mondi through major change, especially the demerger from Anglo in 2007.

At Anglo American plc, David was a member of the executive committee from 2003 and an executive director from 2005 and served on the boards of a number of group companies.

External appointments: Chairman of Elemental Minerals Limited.

Andrew King, 46 – Chief financial officer

Appointed: October 2008

Committee membership: Executive

Qualifications: Graduated in commerce from the University of Cape Town, chartered accountant (South Africa)

Experience: Andrew has more than 13 years’ experience with Mondi in various strategy, business development and finance roles. He has played a key role in defining the Group’s strategic direction and re-shaping the capital structure since listing.

Andrew completed articles with Deloitte & Touche in Johannesburg in 1994. In 1995 he joined Minorco, part of Anglo American, as a financial analyst, before assuming responsibility for the group’s investment management activities, and transferring to their corporate finance department in 1998. He worked on a number of group M&A activities before being appointed a vice president of Anglo American Corporate Finance in 1999. He was appointed Mondi’s vice president of business development in 2002 and corporate development director in 2004. He served as chief financial officer of Mondi from June 2005 to May 2006. He was then appointed as Group strategy and business development director before becoming the chief financial officer of the Mondi Group in 2008.

External appointments: None.

Peter Oswald, 53 – Chief executive officer: Europe & International Division

Appointed: January 2008

Committee membership: Executive

Qualifications: Graduated in law from the University of Vienna and in business administration from WU-Vienna Business School

Experience: Peter has over 23 years’ experience of the sector with detailed knowledge of operations and extensive experience of the acquisition, disposal, restructuring and turnaround of businesses. He began his career with Deutsche Bank and automotive company KTM. He joined the Frantschach Group in 1992 as the head of internal audit, later becoming corporate controller.

After serving as chief executive of the bag and flexibles business from 1995 to 2001, he was appointed chief executive of Mondi Packaging Europe in 2002, leading its subsequent integration with Frantschach into the new Mondi packaging division. Having held a number of senior executive roles within Mondi, Peter was appointed chief executive officer of the Europe & International Division in January 2008.

He was a non-executive director of Telekom Austria AG between 2008 and 2014, MIBA AG between 2014 and 2015 and chairman of the supervisory board of OMV AG between 2015 and 2016.

External appointments: None.

John Lindahl, 56 – Group technical director

Appointed: August 2011

Committee membership: Executive

Qualifications: Graduated in pulp and paper engineering from the Technical University of Helsinki in 1985 and an MBA from Jyvaskyla University in 1996

Experience: Between 1985 and 2000 John had an extensive career in the forest industry, working in different operational managerial positions in Finland, the US and France in companies including M-real, Myllykoski and UPM. At UPM he then moved on to roles within corporate technology and investment coordination.

From the industry he moved on to consulting and engineering company Pöyry, where he held a number of executive positions in the forest industry business group, being involved in advisory services, pre-engineering studies and major implementation projects for the global Pulp and Paper Industry until 2011 when he joined Mondi.

External appointments: None.

Ron Traill, 61 – Chief executive officer: South Africa Division

Appointed: January 2008

Committee membership: Executive

Qualifications: Graduated in mechanical engineering and management from Dundee Colleges in Scotland in 1980

Experience: Ron has over 35 years’ experience in the paper industry. He began his career as an industrial engineer with DRG Packaging Group, working in its Scottish paper mill. He went on to hold a succession of posts within the company, leading ultimately to his appointment as general manager. Following DRG’s acquisition by Sappi in 1990, he worked for 10 years in a number of general management roles.

He has also held senior operational positions with Fletcher Challenge and with Tullis Russell.

Ron joined Mondi in 2003 as managing director of the Štětí pulp and paper mill in the Czech Republic, also assuming responsibility for the Mondi packaging paper business in Ružomberok (Slovakia). He then relocated to South Africa, being appointed chief executive officer of the South Africa Division in January 2008.

External appointments: None.


Last change: 23/05/2016


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