Board of Directors

  • Chairman

    Mr. Jack Sanders

    President & CEO


    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 28-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. 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. 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. In addition, he is the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce’s First Commerce Chairman and a member of the Palmetto Business Forum. He is also engaged with the Boy Scouts of America Pee Dee Area Council and helped establish the ScoutReach program in Hartsville area elementary schools. He and his wife, Sheri, live in Garden City, S.C., and have three grown children.

  • Past-Chairman

    Ms. Barbara Melvin

    Senior Vice President of Operations and Terminals

    South Carolina Ports Authority

    As Senior Vice President, Operations & Terminals for the SC Ports Authority, Barbara oversees terminal operations, information technology and support services, crane and equipment maintenance, engineering, environmental, Port Police and cruise operations. Barbara served as the Ports Authority’s lead staff person on the Charleston Harbor Post 45 Project and the Jasper Ocean Terminal Project. Ms. Melvin is a Riley Institute Diversity Leadership participant; a member of the South Carolina Advisory Council of the United States Global Leadership Coalition; serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors; Business Advocacy Committee of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce; the Ports Caucus Advisory Board for the United States Congress; and is also a Liberty Fellow. She is a member of the Board of Charleston Wine+Food Festival and a Community Advisor for the Junior League and formerly served on the board for Communities in Schools and the South Carolina Maritime Foundation.

  • Chair-Elect

    Ms. Lou Kennedy

    President & CEO

    Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation

  • Commerce Chair

    Mr. Pete Selleck

    Chairman and President

    Michelin, North America

  • General Counsel

    Mr. Charles "Ted" Speth II


    Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

  • Treasurer

    Mr. Chris Barras

    Executive Director

    Ernst & Young, LLP

  • CEO

    Mr. Ted Pitts

    President & CEO

    SC Chamber of Commerce

Executive Committee Members
  • Mr. David Alexander

    Director of Taxes

    Mount Vernon Mills, Inc.

    Tax Committee Chairman

  • Mr. Stephen Cox


    Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.

    Education & Workforce Development Committee Chairman

  • Mr. David Cuda

    Director of Corporate Solutions

    Colliers International

    Membership Committee Chairman

  • Mr. James D'Alessio

    Vice President of Government Affairs

    BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina

    Chairman's Circle

  • Ms. Tyler Easterling

    President and Chief Operating Officer

    The Brandon Agency

    Public Relations Committee Chairman

  • Mr. Sidney J. Evering II


    Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP

    LATF Committee Chairman

  • Ms. Katarina Fjording

    Vice President Purchasing & Manufacturing

    Volvo Car USA

    Manufacturers' Steering Committee Chair

  • Mr. Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe

    State President

    Duke Energy

    Chairman’s Circle

  • Mr. Brian Hamrick

    Director, Human Resources

    Zeus Industrial Products, Inc

    HR Committee Chairman

  • Mr. Kenny Jackson

    SVP, Services/Rates & Regulatory Affair

    South Carolina Electric & Gas

    Chairman's Circle

  • Mr. Tommy Lavender


    Nexsen Pruet, LLC

    Environmental Technical Committee Chair

  • Mr. Tim Norwood


    Bistro Holdings, Inc.

    Chairman's Nominee

  • Mr. Ben Rex


    Cyberwoven, LLC

    IT Committee Chair

  • Mr. Roger Schrum

    Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs


    Chairman's Nominee

  • Mr. Steve Spinks


    The Spinx Company

    Small Business Committee Chair

  • Dr. Cynthia Walters

    Corporate Director of Inclusion

    Palmetto Health

    Diversity Committee Chairman

  • Mr. Michael Allen


    McMillan Pazdan Smith

  • Mr. Keith Avery

    President & CEO

    Newberry Electric Cooperative, Inc.

  • Mr. Don Balderson

    Senior Client Manager - Middle Market Banking

    Bank of America

  • Mr. Michael Baxley

    Sr. VP & General Counsel

    Santee Cooper

  • Mr. Dan Becker

    Senior VP and Controller

    AECOM, Aiken

  • Mr. James Bennett

    Executive Vice President

    First Citizens Bank, Columbia

  • Ms. Kay Biscopink

    Shareholder and International Services Practice Leader

    Elliot Davis

  • Mr. Ben Breazeale

    Sr. Director of Government Relations for S.C.

    Charter Communications

  • Mr. Frank Bullard

    Regional President- Coastal Region

    BB&T, Charleston

  • Ms. Natalia Castillo

    Founder and President


  • Mr. Holt Chetwood

    Midlands Market Manager

    Wells Fargo

  • Mr. Joe Clark

    Shareholder, Management Committee Member

    Haynesworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

  • Dr. David Cole



  • Mr. Lauris D. Finney

    District Operations Mgr.


  • Ms. Schylver V. (Sky) Foster

    Department Manager, Corporate Communications

    BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC

  • Mr. Christian Gullott

    Director, State & Federal Government Affairs


  • Mr. John Harvey

    Plant Manager

    BP Cooper Petrochemical Plant

  • Mr. Adam Hatcher

    General Counsel


  • Ms. Dee Dee Henderson

    Chief Operations Officer

    Agape Hospice

  • Mr. Robby Hill

    President & CEO

    HillSouth IT Solutions

  • Mr. Mason Hogue


    Nelson Mullins

  • Mr. Grey Humphrey

    Executive Vice President of Sales & President of PalmettoNet

    Spirit Communications, Columbia

  • Mr. Todd Hyneman


    Total Comfort Solutions

  • Mr. Richard Jackson


    C.R. Jackson, Inc.

  • Mr. Boyd Jones

    Director, Middle Market Banking Corporate Banking, Regional Chief Banking Officer


  • Mr. David Jones

    Executive Vice President/CMO

    Jackson Marketing

  • Mr. George R Jurch, III

    General Counsel

    The Americas, Continental Automotive, Inc.

  • Ms. Stephanie Kindregan

    Director, Public Policy

    Kinder Morgan

  • Mr. Richard Lackey

    General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

    Cox Industries

  • Mr. Aaron Lawrence

    VP, Corporate Strategic Planning & Business Analytics

    Zeus Industrial Products

  • Ms. Lindsay Leonard

    Senior Director of State & Local Government Operations

    The Boeing Company

  • Mr. Sidney Locke

    Director of Strategic Marketing and Communication

    Sage Automotive Interiors

  • Mr. Matt Manelli

    Division Controller

    Nucor Steel South Carolina

  • Ms. Sharon Marra

    Senior VP & Savannah River National Laboratory Deputy Director

    Savannah River Nuclear Solutions

  • Mr. Chad McAllister

    CFO- Specialty Fabrics Division

    Milliken & Company

  • Mr. Chris McCorkendale

    VP of Operations, Engineering and Strategic Sales

    Hargray Communications Group, Inc.

  • Mr. Virgil Miller

    President, Aflac Group Insurance, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

    Aflac U.S.

  • Mr. Paul Mitchell

    Managing Partner

    South Coast Paper & SC Community Bank Chairman of the Board

  • Mr. Steve Mitchell

    Regional Managing Partner

    Fisher Phillips

  • Mr. Ben Mustian


    Willoughby & Hoefer, PA

  • Ms. Leesa Owens

    Director of Community Relations

    Michelin, North America

  • Mr. Paul Patrick

    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

    College of Charleston

  • Mr. Blanton Phillips


    Phillips Staffing

  • Mr. Matt Puckett

    Senior Vice President

    Arthur J. Gallagher & Company

  • Mr. Thomas L. Rhodes


    Rhodes Graduation Services, Inc.

  • Mr. Richard Shaffer

    Senior Vice President, Growth Markets & Enrollment Center

    Colonial Life

  • Mr. Michael M. Shetterly


    Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

  • Mr. Dave Solano

    Vice President/General Manager

    Enterprise Holdings

  • Ms. Jane Sosebee

    Director Legislative Affairs


  • Ms. Cheryl Stanton

    Executive Director

    S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce

  • Mr. Chris Stormer


    Bauknight, Pietras & Stormer, P.A.

  • Mr. Jonathan Taber

    Managing Member

    TaberPatrick, LLC

  • Mr. Greg Taylor

    Managing Partner

    Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP

  • Dr. Henry Tisdale


    Claflin University

  • Dr. Walter Tobin


    Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College

  • Mr. Dan Weekley

    Vice President

    Dominion Energy, Southern Operations

  • Mr. Rob Youngblood


    York County Chamber of Commerce

    Chamber Partnership Chair