Erich Hodel hails from Hunkeler; he has been with the company for seven years and currently holds the position of Marketing Director. Richard Pike joins DS Smith after being CFO of British waste management company Biffa
The appointment of Erich Hodel takes effect on January 1, 2023. His predecessor, Kurt Käser, who founded the company and has been at its helm for the past 25 years, devotes himself entirely to strategic issues as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Erich Hodel will lead the company on the same course without changing the management team.
Richard Pike will take over as CFO and Executive Director of DS Smith in the second half of 2023, following the retirement of his predecessor Adrian Marsh.
“Richard is joining us at a very exciting time,” says Miles Roberts, Group Chief Executive Officer at DS Smith. “He has an excellent track record as a CFO in manufacturing businesses and great experience in the recycling and sustainability sectors.”
It is expected that Richard Pike will play a central role in the next phase of the company’s growth.