Harris DeLoach Jr.

Harris E. DeLoach Jr.

Executive Chairman

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Age 72. Executive Chairman since March 2013. Formerly Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer (2010-13) and Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer (2005-10). Served on the Board since 1998.

Career History

DeLoach joined Sonoco in 1986 as vice president of administration and general counsel. In 1990, he was named vice president of Sonoco’s High Density Film Products Division. In 1993, DeLoach was named vice president of Film, Plastics and Special Products before being promoted to group vice president in October of that year. Over the next decade, he continued to move into higher leadership positions within the Company, joining Sonoco’s Board of Directors in 1998. After being named president and CEO in July of 2000, DeLoach was elected Chairman of the Board in April of 2005. He retired as Chief Executive Officer in March 2013.

Professional Associations


  • Board of Directors, Sonoco
  • Trustee, Duke Endowment
  • Board of Directors, Duke Energy
  • University of South Carolina Business Partnership Foundation
  • Board of Directors, South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Foundation
  • Trustee, The Palmetto Institute Board
  • Trustee, Byerly Foundation


  • Attorney, City of Hartsville
  • Chairman, Hartsville Rotary Club
  • Chairman, Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce
  • Chairman, Darlington County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Darlington County School Board
  • Bank of America Advisory Board (Hartsville)
  • Board of Directors, Bank of Hartsville
  • Chairman, Coker College Board of Trustees
  • Chairman, Thomas Hart Academy Board of Directors
  • Chairman, Byerly Hospital and Byerly Foundation Board of Trustees
  • Chairman, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
  • Chairman, The Palmetto Business Forum

Honors and Awards

  • Honorary Doctorate of Law, Coker College
  • Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, Coker College
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Moore School of Business, 1998
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, University of South Carolina, 2006
  • Citizen of the Year, Rotary Club, 2006
  • Distinguished Citizen Award, Pee Dee Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, 2006
  • Businessman of the Year, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, 2008
  • Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Lander University, 2008
  • Townes Award, South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, 2009
  • Laureate, South Carolina Business Hall of Fame, 2010
  • Will Woodham Business Person of the Year, Hartsville Chamber of Commerce, 2013


  • Bachelor’s degree, business administration, Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina, 1966
  • Juris doctor, University of South Carolina School of Law, 1969