Harris E. DeLoach Jr.
Age 73. 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.
DeLoach joined Sonoco, the Hartsville-based global consumer and industrial packaging company, as vice president of administration and general counsel in 1986. 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 and joined 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. DeLoach retired as CEO in April 2013.
While in Hartsville, DeLoach has served as attorney for the City of Hartsville and as president of the Hartsville Rotary Club, Hartsville Chamber of Commerce and Darlington County Bar Association. He has also served as a member of the Darlington County School Board, the Bank of America Advisory Board (Hartsville) and on the Board of Directors for the Bank of Hartsville. The recipient of an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Coker College, DeLoach has served as chairman of Coker’s Board of Trustees and has received the college’s Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. He has served as chairman of the Thomas Hart Academy Board of Directors and the Byerly Hospital and Byerly Foundation Board of Trustees.
In 2014, DeLoach received the Order of the Palmetto from South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and the Roger Milliken Defender of Manufacturing Award from South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance. He was named the 2013 Will Woodham Business Person of the Year by the Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce. He also received the Rotary Club Citizen of the Year award and was selected by the Pee Dee Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America as the recipient of the Council’s 2006 Distinguished Citizen Award. He was named the 2008 Businessman of the Year by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Lander University. DeLoach was the 2009 Townes Award recipient by the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics and in 2010 he became a laureate of the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame.
In addition to the Sonoco Board of Directors, he currently serves on the University of South Carolina Business Partnership Foundation; Trustee of the Duke Endowment and the Byerly Foundation. He is a past chairman of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and The Palmetto Business Forum. He formerly served on the Board of Directors of Goodrich, Progress Energy, Duke Energy and Milliken and Company.
A native of Columbia, S.C., Harris E. DeLoach Jr. received a degree in business administration from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina (USC) in 1966. He earned a J.D. from the USC School of Law in 1969. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Moore School of Business in 1998 and the University of South Carolina Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006.