DS Smith names new managing directors for European recycling and paper divisions

Michael Orye

DS Smith has appointed Michael Orye as the new MD of its recycling division in Europe, and Rogier Gerritsen as MD of its European paper division.

Orye joins from the food packaging business Faerch AS, where he served as CEO for central Europe & recycling. He has also held senior roles in other major companies in the sector, including Huhtamaki, where he worked as executive vice president, and Amcor, where he spent the majority of his career helping to grow the business across multiple markets in the US and Europe.

Michael Orye said, “As Europe’s leading paper and cardboard recycler with a circular business model, DS Smith is in a unique position to shape the industry and lead the transition to the circular economy. It is a very exciting time to join the company, and I look forward to continuing to help our customers achieve their sustainability targets.”

Rogier Gerritsen, who previously held the recycling role, will focus on his new role as MD of paper in Europe. Gerritsen joined DS Smith in 2012 when the company acquired SCA Packaging and has since held senior roles in both the paper and recycling divisions, including paper cluster director for North Cluster and most recently MD for recycling Europe.

Rogier Gerritsen said, “It is vital for our paper and recycling operations to work hand in hand, and I’m looking forward to rejoining the Paper division to support our portfolio of paper mills in Europe at a time when the demand for sustainable, fibre-based packaging solutions is rapidly growing.”

Both Orye and Gerritsen will report to Niels Flierman, MD paper, recycling and capex.