Senior Leadership Team
Our leaders aren’t just leading a company; they’re leading an industry.
Michael C. Patton, CEO
Mike has served as Caraustar’s Chief Executive Officer since May 2010. Previously, Mike was Senior VP, Divisional President North America of Greif, Inc. At Greif, Mike also held the position of Senior VP, Paper, Packaging and Services and Transformation Worldwide from 2005 to 2007 and prior to that was Senior VP, Transformation Worldwide from 2004 to 2005. He also held positions of VP/GM Midwest, VP/GM Steer Drums North America and VP/ GM of Multiwall Packaging with Greif, Inc. Prior to joining Greif, he was Director of Sales and Marketing with Union Camp Corporation. Mike received his Bachelor of Science, Finance from Seton Hall University and completed additional executive development with Northwestern University, The Kellogg School, and Market Based Strategic Planning.
Scott K. Koenigs, VP/Chief Human Resources Officer
Scott has served as Caraustar’s VP/Chief Human Resources Officer since 2011. Prior to this position, he spent 14 years at Newell Rubbermaid, Inc. serving as VP – Global Human Resources for the Baby & Parenting Business Segment. He has significant domestic and global HR experience. Early in his career he spent seven years with Cooper Industries in a variety of HR roles. Scott received his B.S. degree from University of Wisconsin – Platteville.
Graham Sayers, VP/Chief Financial Officer
Graham has served as Caraustar’s CFO since August 2014. Prior to this position, he served as CFO of Tekni-Pex from November 2011 to February 2014 and as CFO of Elgin National Industries from June 2008 to September 2011. Graham brings over 20 years of financial experience in public and private equity-owned companies. He began his career with General Electric in the United Kingdom and subsequently relocated to the United States. Graham received his masters in electronic systems engineering from Aston University.
Scott L. O’Melia, VP/General Counsel
Scott has served as Caraustar’s VP/General Counsel since 2012. Prior to this position, from 2009 to 2012, Scott served as VP-Corporate Counsel at Wendy’s/Arby’s Group, Inc. (now The Wendy’s Company, Inc.) where he handled all M&A transactions and served as General Counsel to the International Division. From 2005 to 2009, Scott was a partner at Alston & Bird LLP and from 1998 to 2005 he was an associate at Alston & Bird LLP, primarily focusing on M&A, securities, private equity, venture capital and general corporate matters. Scott received his J.D. with high honors from the University of Florida – Fredric G. Levin College of Law and a B.A. degree from Ohio University.
Gregory B. Cottrell, VP/Recovered Fiber Group
Greg has led Caraustar’s Recycling group since 1994, being named VP of Recovered Fiber Group in 2008. Prior to that, he served as President of Caraustar’s Paper Stock Division. Greg is an industry veteran, starting his career in 1982 in the Newsprint Industry at Southeast Paper in Dublin, Georgia. He held various management positions but as Operations Manager was responsible for opening and operating SP’s eight recycling plants in Florida. In 1992, Greg joined Paper Recycling International (PRI) as a Broker/Trader of fiber to domestic and international papermills. In this role Greg was instrumental in fiber supply to Stone Containers papermills along with the sale of fiber from Waste Management’s Recycling Material Recovery Facilities. Greg has served on American Forest & Paper Associations (AF&PA) Recovered Fiber Committee and is a member of various industry associations.
James R. Jordan, VP/General Manager, Mill Group
James has served as Caraustar’s VP/General Manager, Mill Group, since 2011. Prior to this position, he spent three years with Irving Consumer Products, serving as Vice President of Operations and 23 years with Georgia-Pacific’s Consumer Products division as Vice President of Operations and various operational roles of higher responsibility. He has extensive demonstrated skills in leading operational excellence, Lean Manufacturing and overall business and organizational effectiveness. He also has been responsible for multiple new equipment start-ups (paper machines and converting assets). James received his B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Alabama.
Greg Bartlett, VP/Sales & Marketing, Mill Group
Greg is VP/Sales & Marketing for the uncoated mills; he has served in this role for over 15 years. Prior to this, his responsibilities included key management roles including sales for the specialty products business segment, mill converting operations, customer service and mill scheduling. In these key management roles he developed knowledge of mill operations, leading to establishing a commercial organization – sales, service and scheduling – for the uncoated mill group. He began his career with Caraustar in 1976 in customer service after working part-time while attending Georgia Tech and Southern Tech.
Craig Rollins, VP/Operations, Tube & Core and Integration Management Office
Craig serves as Vice President, Tube & Core Group Operations. He has been with Caraustar for 21 years in varying capacities. After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, he was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Army Aviation branch. Craig flew for the military for seven years before joining Star Paper Tube (subsidiary of Caraustar) in 1993. He started as a Management Trainee and has held various levels of responsibility in both sales and operations. In 2008, he took responsibility for all operations of the Tube & Core Group (now Industrial Products Group). In 2014 and 2015, Craig led the Integration Management Office with the focus on successful integration of The Newark Group. Craig has a B.S. from USMA at West Point and an MBA from Kennesaw State University.
Robert Pender, VP/Sales & Marketing, Industrial Products Group
Robert joined Caraustar in 1979 in Taylors, SC in a Management Trainee position with the Tube & Core Group. He moved into Corporate Sales & Marketing in 1982 and is currently VP Sales & Marketing for the Industrial Products Group and a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Prior to Caraustar, Robert was with American Cyanamid for four years as a Technical Sales Representative for the Paper Chemicals Division. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1975 with a B.S. in chemistry and completed the Executive Program at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 1990.
Mark I. Maley, VP/General Manager, Consumer Packaging Group
Mark has served as Caraustar’s VP/GM, Consumer Packaging Group since 2010. He has been employed at Caraustar since 1992 and prior to his current position, spent four years as VP Sales, Consumer Packaging and VP/GM CRB. In previous positions with Caraustar, Jefferson Smurfit and PCA, he held various commercial and operational roles at the VP and GM level in both mill and converting operations. Mark has strong experience in customer relations, commercial focus, unlocking mill-converting integrated value, Lean Manufacturing principles and focused elimination of commercial leakage. In addition, he provides expertise in supply chain value, FDA compliance, mill and carton product development, and contract negotiations. Mark received his B.S. degree from the University of Akron.
Will Zhang, VP of Operational Excellence
Will has served as Caraustar’s VP/Operational Excellence since October 2013. Prior to this position, he spent seven years at Greif, Inc. as Operational Excellence Manager, two years at Streamline Consulting as a partner and four years at SGI as a D&V engineer. Will received his B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering and his MBA in Operations and Supply Chain from Ohio State University.
Hari Iyer, VP/Procurement, Freight and FP&A
Hari serves as Vice President Procurement, Freight and FP&A. He has been with Caraustar for four years. Prior to his current position, he was a management consultant for five years at PRTM Management Consulting (currently, PwC) and Accenture, primarily in Operations and Supply Chain strategy. Hari worked as a consultant at i2 Technologies (currently, JDA Software) between 1999 and 2005, delivering supply chain planning and optimization solutions to his clients. He has a Masters in Engineering in Logistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pune, India.