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Biography PhotoM. Jack Sanders
President and CEO

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M. Jack Sanders became Sonoco’s eighth CEO on April 1, 2013. He serves on the Board of Directors, executive committee and leads the Company’s management committee.

During his 25-year career with Sonoco, Sanders has played an integral role in growing the Company by leading all Consumer, Industrial and Protective packaging businesses at various points. Prior to assuming his current position, he was president and chief operating officer with global leadership, sales and operating responsibility for all of Sonoco’s diversified packaging businesses.

Sanders, a 1976 graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in finance, joined Sonoco in 1988 as national sales and marketing manager, Wire and Cable Reels. In 1992, he was asked to build and lead Sonoco’s new Protective Packaging division, and he took the role as general manager. He was promoted in 1998 to division vice president and general manager of Protective Packaging. Sanders was elected a corporate officer and named vice president, Industrial Products, North America in 2001. He was subsequently named vice president, Global Industrial Products in January 2006 and senior vice president in October 2006, before assuming additional responsibility for all industrial converting businesses in July 2007. In 2008, Sanders was named executive vice president, Industrial, with global operating responsibility for all of the Company’s businesses serving industrial markets, including Sonoco’s tube and core, paper, wire and cable reel, protective packaging, paperboard specialties and recycling business. He then served as executive vice president, Consumer, from January-December 2010.

Before joining Sonoco, Sanders was the western regional manager for Republic Packaging Company based in Chicago, Ill. He spent 13 years with Republic Packaging in positions of increasing responsibility.

He and his wife, Sheri, live in Florence, S.C., and have three grown children. Sanders serves on the boards of Sonoco, the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Foundation and the Charles W. Coker and Elizabeth H. Coker Foundation.

Professional Associations


  • Board of Directors, Sonoco
  • Board of Trustees, South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics
  • Board of Directors, Charles W. Coker and Elizabeth H. Coker Foundation
  • Board of Directors, American Forest and Paper Association


  • Bachelor of Science degree, finance, Louisiana State University, 1976

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