24 June 2020 by Steve Eminton

‘Separate paper call’ as Gerritsen steps up at DS Smith

Paper recycling and mill group DS Smith has today (24 June) announced the appointment of Rogier Gerritsen as managing director of its recycling division.

And, in his first message on his appointment, Mr Gerritsen has urged the separate collections of paper for recycling from households, with more cardboard and paper arising in the household stream.

Rogier Gerritsen, new MD at DS Smith’s recycling division

Reporting to Colin McIntyre, divisional CEO for paper & recycling, Mr Gerritsen will be responsible for the Group’s recycling operations across Europe – managing around 6 million tonnes annually of paper for recycling into DS Smith’s own and partner mills. He replaces Jochen Behr who is leaving DS Smith at the end of July, after more than three years at the helm of the Recycling Division, to take up an opportunity in Australia.

Having joined DS Smith in 2012, Mr Gerritsen’s first post within the company was as site production manager for the Kemsley mill in Kent where he spent nearly two years. He is currently  cluster director for the paper division, overseeing the operational and commercial activities of some of DS Smith’s largest mills for recycled papers in Europe.


The company said that Mr Gerritsen “will transition into his new role in October with Jonathan Silk, finance director for the recycling division, acting as interim managing director from August to October”.

Mr Gerritsen has worked at the Kemsley mill in Kent

Commenting on his new role Mr Gerritsen said: “I am excited about this new opportunity and the prospect of working in the sector as it responds to the recycling challenge that comes from huge changes in consumer shopping habits. As we see more packaging entering household recycling streams, we must focus on making sure that the right collection infrastructure, namely separate collections of paper, are in place to facilitate the best quality paper possible for recycling.”

DS Smith’s Colin McIntyre, divisional CEO for paper & recycling, said: “I firstly want to thank Jochen for the tremendous work he has done in his time with us. He has steered us through some challenging market environments whilst ensuring we maintain and grow the services to our customers. Rogier brings extensive knowledge of paper and packaging production and this will be key in our next phase of growth. Recyclability at the very heart of our sustainable packaging solutions and making sure we are at the forefront of hard to recycle materials is critical to maintaining and growing paper-based packaging recycling rates across Europe.”

Sustainability appointment

Wouter van Tol takes on the sustainability role at DS Smith

Earlier this month DS Smith announced the appointment of Wouter van Tol as head of sustainability and government affairs. Reporting to Greg Dawson, director of corporate affairs, van Tol is to “spearhead sustainability and public affairs across the DS Smith Group including its packaging, paper and recycling divisions”. He joins after three years as global head of corporate responsibility at food packaging company Huhtamaki, with over two decades of experience in senior positions at Procter & Gamble, Nestlé and Samsung.



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