– IRELAND, Dublin –  Smurfit Kappa Group plc (LON: SKG), one of the world’s largest manufacturers of paper-based packaging products, with operations in Europe and the Americas, today announced the appointment of Dr Lourdes Melgar to the Board as an independent, non-executive director with effect from 1 January 2020.

Irial Finan, Smurfit Kappa Group Chair, commented: “We look forward to broadening the expertise and diversity of the Board with the appointment of Lourdes as an independent non-executive director. Lourdes’ extensive career in energy, sustainability and business in Latin America will add valuable insight to the Board.”

Dr Lourdes Melgar

Lourdes, a Mexican citizen, is recognised for her expertise in the areas of energy and public policy. In her 26-year career, she has held a number of roles at the top levels of government, in academia and in the private sector.

For 16 years, Lourdes served in the Mexican Government, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the Ministry of Energy. In 2005, she was appointed minister at the Mexican mission to the OECD in Paris. From December 2012 to February 2014, she served as Vice-Minister for Electricity prior to her appointment as Vice-Minister of Hydrocarbons, a position she held until July 2016.

Lourdes also has extensive experience in private sector projects, including sustainability programme design and implementation, and wider policy initiatives in the energy sector. She played an instrumental role in the design and implementation of Mexico’s recent energy reform. She also previously served as a Director on the Boards of Petroleos Mexicanos and the Federal Electricity Commission.

Lourdes is currently a consultant at DAI and is a Research Affiliate at the Center for Collective Intelligence at MIT. She currently serves on the Board of Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico.

About Smurfit Kappa

Smurfit Kappa, an FTSE 100 company, is one of the leading providers of paper-based packaging solutions in the world, with approximately 46,000 employees in over 350 production sites across 35 countries and with revenue of €8.9 billion in 2018. We are located in 23 countries in Europe, and 12 in the Americas. We are the only large-scale pan‑regional player in Latin America.

With our pro-active team, we relentlessly use our extensive experience and expertise, supported by our scale, to open up opportunities for our customers. We collaborate with forward-thinking customers by sharing superior product knowledge, market understanding and insights in packaging trends to ensure business success in their markets. We have an unrivalled portfolio of paper-packaging solutions, which is constantly updated with our market-leading innovations. This is enhanced through the benefits of our integration, with optimal paper design, logistics, timeliness of service, and our packaging plants sourcing most of their raw materials from our own paper mills.

Our products, which are 100% renewable and produced sustainably, improve the environmental footprint of our customers.

For more information: https://www.smurfitkappa.com

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