Sonoco Promotes Sean Cairns to Divisional Vice President/GM
March 13, 2013 - Sonoco announced that Sean Cairns has been promoted to division vice president and general manager of Rigid Paper and Plastics Operations in Europe. Cairns has lead the rigid paper packaging and composite can business in Europe and will continue to oversee operations in Manchester and Chesterfield, U.K., Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, Ireland, and Lievin, France.
Cairns joined Sonoco in 2008 as general manager of Sonoco’s European packaging business. Prior to joining Sonoco, he served as business and development director for Northwest and Central Europe for Crown Holdings’ Specialty Packaging.
Cairns is a time-served marine engineer and has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the Cardiff College of the University of Wales, Wales, U.K., and an executive Master of Business Administration degree from Manchester Business School, U.K. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.