DELAWARE, Ohio (News release) -- Greif, Inc. announced the election of Robert M. Patterson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of PolyOne Corporation, to the Greif Board of Directors effective immediately.
Mr. Patterson has extensive financial and global operational experience in manufacturing and distribution businesses with expertise aligned to Greif's end markets. He has been the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of PolyOne Corporation, a premier provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions, since May 2016. He formerly served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at PolyOne. Prior to joining PolyOne, Mr. Patterson served in leadership roles at Novelis, Inc., an aluminum rolled products manufacturer, and at SPX Corporation, a multi-industry manufacturer and developer. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration and master's degree in accounting from the University of Michigan.
"Bob's deep financial and global operational experience will be a valuable asset to Greif," said Mike Gasser, Chairman of Greif's Board of Directors. "The values Bob has helped to instill at PolyOne - collaboration, innovation and excellence - and his customer-centric mentality make him an ideal Board member and we are honored to have him join us."