DS Smith appoints new group HR director

Darren Littleboy

DS Smith has appointed Darren Littleboy as group HR director.

He’s joining the business from Morgan Advanced Materials, a FTSE250 global manufacturing business where he has been group HR director for almost four years.

DS Smith said he brings significant strategic HR experience, having previously worked for Smiths Group and BAE Systems.

Darren will be tasked with leading on a number of priorities for the group, including furthering its commitment to diversity and inclusion. He will also further develop the company’s employee value proposition.

He said, “I am joining DS Smith at a crucial time as we further integrate our purpose of ‘Redefining Packaging for a Changing World’ into our people vision shortly after facing the impact of Covid-19. I look forward to sharing my experience across all the divisions to ensure everyone at DS Smith is proud and enabled to realise their potential.”

Reporting to chief executive Miles Roberts, Darren will replace Jacky Wearn who had been holding the position of interim group HR director. She will now take on the role of divisional HR director for DS Smith’s paper and recycling divisions.

Miles Roberts commented, “I am delighted to welcome Darren to DS Smith. He brings significant experience in building strong HR and people capability to drive business growth within global engineering and manufacturing companies. Darren will be working closely with me and the senior leadership team on developing our people agenda. I’d like to take the opportunity to also thank Jacky Wearn for her contributions.”