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Sustainable packaging supremo and all-round leading recycler of cardboard and paper in Europe, DS Smith, has announced the appointment of Mike Harrison as Managing Director of Recycling in Southern Europe. Reporting to the Head of Recycling at DS Smith, Rogier Gerritsen, he will be responsible for Recycling Operations across Italy, Iberia and France.
With over 20 years’ experience in the sector, Mike re-joins DS Smith from Suez Trading Europe, where he was Recovered Paper Market Director. Prior to this Mike spent over five successful years at DS Smith, holding senior recycling roles in both Europe and North America. Based in DS Smith’s offices in Paris, Mike will bring his significant experience to the role and is responsible for managing a portfolio of around two million tonnes of recycled paper and cardboard for DS Smith and its third-party mill network.
“I am excited to be re-joining the Recycling Division of DS Smith, and to be working closely with customers to drive closed-loop solutions wherever we can. Recycling is high on both consumer and commercial agendas at the moment, and I know I am joining a company that is well placed to take advantage of the opportunities created by the increased demands we are seeing for paper-based packaging.” said Mike Harrison of his return.
Adds Rogier Gerritsen, Managing Director at DS Smith Recycling: “Mike’s experience will be valuable as we manage new challenges in our industry, not least the shift of more cardboard packaging into domestic recycling streams. As part of our European management team, he will play a key role in delivering our strategy to collect and source quality paper and cardboard from both commercial and domestic streams.”