Eleni Istavridis Joins Sonoco Board of Directors: Harry A. Cockrell Will Not Stand for Board Election in 2021

Eleni Istavridis

HARTSVILLE, S.C. — October 19, 2020 — Sonoco, a diversified global packaging company, today announced that Eleni Istavridis has been elected to its board of directors. In addition, the company announced that Harry A. Cockrell has decided not to stand for reelection to the board at the company’s Annual General Meeting in April 2021.

Istavridis, 63, has extensive leadership experience in banking and manufacturing, spending more than two decades working in Asia. She currently is a business consultant residing in McLean, Va. Istavridis retired from Bank of New York Mellon in 2015 where she was executive vice president and Head of Investment Services for Asia Pacific in Hong Kong. She was a member of BNY Mellon’s Operating Committee, Investment Services Executive Committee and Asia Pacific Executive Committee. In addition, she co-chaired the bank’s Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) in Asia Pacific. With 14 chapters across the Asia Pacific region, WIN serves as a platform for employee engagement, diversity and inclusion, and outreach to local communities and professional networks.

Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Istavridis held senior leadership positions at Deutsche Bank and Bankers Trust in Asia. She also served as President and COO of Tristate Holdings, a Hong Kong-based apparel manufacturing company. She started her career at McKinsey and Company, serving financial institutions in the United States and Asia.

Cockrell, 70, is managing director of Pacific Tiger Group Ltd., a Hong Kong-based privately held investment enterprise with a wide-range of business and assets across the Asia/Pacific. He has served on the board since 2013.

“We are extremely pleased to have Eleni joining Sonoco’s Board as she brings a wealth of experience in banking, manufacturing and business development, while spending much of her career engaged with Asian businesses, which is an important region for Sonoco’s growth,” said John Haley, Sonoco’s chairman of the board of directors. “Also, on behalf of the entire board, I want to thank Harry for his many years of commitment to Sonoco, first as partner in the development of Sonoco’s Asia/Pacific business, and then serving on the board. We wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Istavridis received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College, a Master in International Affairs from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business. She also participated in numerous community service activities supporting educational enrichment in emerging Asian markets.

Istavridis is an independent member of the Sonoco Board and will stand for election by shareholders at the Company’s April 2021 Annual General Meeting.

Posted October 19, 2020

Source: Sonoco Products Company