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Executive Leadership

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Peter G. Watson

President and Chief Executive Officer

Pete Watson has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Greif Inc., since November 1, 2015. Pete previously was Chief Operating Officer for Greif. As CEO, Pete’s vision for Greif is: In industrial packaging, be the best performing customer service company in the world. This vision, together with developing a culture based on Servant Leadership, has been adopted by Greif’s 17,000 global colleagues and is propelling Greif to be a global leader in industrial packaging. Since joining the company in 1999, Pete has served in a variety of executive positions, including Group President for Paper Packaging, Land Management, and Global Sourcing and Supply Chain. He also served as Division President of Paper Packaging, and President of CorrChoice (a Greif division), and Vice President of Corrugated Operations. Pete holds a Master's and Bachelor’s degree from Springfield College in Massachusetts. He currently serves on the Boards of OhioHealth and the Central Ohio American Heart Association and is a member of the Columbus Partnership and the Ohio Business Roundtable. Pete is the past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Forest & Paper Association, and Fibre Box Association.

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Larry A. Hilsheimer

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Larry Hilsheimer joined Greif in May 2014 as Chief Financial Officer. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Scotts Miracle-Gro, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and Vice Chairman and Regional Managing Partner for Deloitte & Touche USA, LLP. Larry holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University and a law degree from Capital University Law School. Larry serves on the Board of Directors of IBP (NYSE), Battelle for Kids and Root Insurance Company. He previously served on the Finance and Audit Committees of the Board of The Ohio State University. He also sits on the Dean’s Advisory Council at Fisher College of Business and has served as a Board member for The Ohio State University Alumni Association and numerous other charitable and civic boards.

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Gary R. Martz

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Gary Martz is Greif’s Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary and joined the company in 2002, as its first in-house attorney. He is responsible for all aspects of Greif’s legal affairs worldwide, including corporate governance and compliance matters, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, litigation, patents, and trademarks. He is also responsible for Greif Global Real Estate Services. Gary was formerly President of Soterra LLC, a Greif subsidiary, and has also served as Greif’s Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer on an interim basis. Prior to joining Greif, Gary was a partner with the law firm of Baker & Hostetler LLP in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Juris Doctor degree from The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo. He is a member of the One Columbus Leadership Circle, serves on the National Council for the Moritz College of Law and is a trustee of the Dawes Arboretum.

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Doug Lingrel

Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

Doug Lingrel was named Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer in June 2016. In this capacity, he oversees the Greif Business System partnering with the business to build enterprise-wide capabilities to drive performance. In addition, he leads the global IT organization and has held oversight of the global sourcing and supply chain organization. Previously, Doug served as Greif’s Chief Information Officer and Vice President, Global Supply Chain Process and Administration. Doug joined Greif in 1998 as part of the Sonoco Industrial Containers acquisition. His more than 30 years of leadership experience includes roles in IT, sourcing and supply chain, finance and operations. Doug holds a Master’s and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati.

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Ole Rosgaard

Senior Vice President, Rigid Industrial Packaging & Services and Global Sustainability

Ole Rosgaard joined Greif in August 2015 as Vice President and Division President overseeing Greif’s Rigid Industrial Packaging & Services (RIPS) - North America business unit. In January 2016, he assumed additional responsibilities for RIPS — Latin America and Container Life Cycle Management LLC, which operates the Greif’s North American reconditioning business. In June 2017, he was promoted to Senior Vice President and Group President, RIPS - Americas, and Global Sustainability. In June 2019 he was again promoted adding the entire global RIPS business to responsibilities. Prior to Greif, he served in various roles of increasing responsibility with one of the largest global roofing manufacturing companies including Managing Director in Denmark, and Group Managing Director of the West and Central European Regions. Ole a lifelong learner, spent his early career as SBU Managing Director at one of the world’s largest window companies, and have attended numerous executive programs in both USA and Europe.

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Michael Cronin

Sr. Vice President of Enterprise Strategy, Global Sourcing & Supply Chain & GPA

Michael Cronin serves as Senior Vice President of Greif with responsibilities covering Enterprise Strategy, Sourcing & Supply Chain and the business unit, Greif Packaging Accessories. Since joining Greif in May 2015 as SVP and Group President, Michael has successfully led the Rigid Industrial Packaging & Services in Europe, Middle East, and Africa and in January 2016, he assumed additional responsibility for RIPS Asia Pacific, Greif Packaging Accessories and RIPS Global Key Accounts. With over four decades of experience in the packaging business, his industrial experience includes aluminum rolling, papermaking, and plastic extrusion, combined with a deep knowledge of complex downstream operations in flexible, rigid and paperboard packaging. Michael is a seasoned leader with a strong global and strategic perspective. His strong operational experience and market focus are the basis for building and executing winning business strategies. During a 35-year career with Rio Tinto Alcan, he gained significant experience acquiring and integrating businesses on an international scale as President of Flexible Packaging in Europe and Brazil. He has also served as President of SCA Packaging and Chief Executive Officer of Coveris Packaging. Michael has over 30 years’ experience leading and developing culturally diverse teams at the CEO/President level.

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Hari Kumar

Vice President and Division President, Flexible Products & Services

Hari was named Vice President and Division President, Flexible Products & Services in May 2016 to help accelerate the business’ transformation strategy. Previously, Hari was Vice President, Transformation and Greif Business System; Vice President, Portfolio Optimization; Vice President of Flexible Products & Services with responsibility over the Asia Pacific region; and Director, Program Management for Flexible Products & Services. Prior to joining Greif, Hari was in the Global Mergers and Acquisitions practice at Deloitte Consulting and in the Business Development group at Eaton Corporation. Hari holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Cornell University.

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Tim Bergwall

Senior Vice President and Group President, Paper Packaging & Services and Soterra LLC

Tim Bergwall was named Senior Vice President and Group President, Paper Packaging & Services and Soterra LLC in February 2019. He previously served as Vice President and Group President, Paper Packaging & Services and Soterra LLC, a Greif subsidiary since May 2015. Prior to these roles, he served as Vice President, Containerboard Mills, where he led efforts to modernize Greif’s paper mill system. Tim’s career spans 32 years in the paper packaging industry, in management roles in both large integrated firms and smaller independent companies where he focused organizations on strategic growth initiatives. He is active in the industry and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Fibre Box Association, and is an active member of the Containerboard Sector at the American Forest & Paper Association and is a Board Member of the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation. Tim earned his bachelor’s degree from Miami University, and has attended graduate programs at the Harvard Business School, Kellogg at Northwestern and The London Business School.

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Matt Eichmann

Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications

Matt joined Greif in November 2015 as Vice President, Investor Relations and in November 2016 assumed responsibility for Corporate Communications as well. Prior to Greif, he worked at Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) where he served as Director, Investor Relations and held various other corporate finance and leadership roles. Matt earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the US Naval Academy, a Master’s degree in finance and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Denver and is an Investor Relations Charterholder (IRC). He is a former U.S. Marine Corps artillery officer and in 2019, was named to the National Investor Relations Institute's inaugural "40 under 40" class.

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Bala V Sathyanarayanan

Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer

Bala V Sathyanarayanan serves as the Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer. He is focused on delivering a world-class, diverse, and engaged workforce that can execute on Greif’s vision of in industrial packaging, be the best performing customer service company in the world. Before Greif, Bala served as Executive Vice President for Human Resources at Xerox Corporation. Bala also led the human resource function for the Americas Enterprise Business at Hewlett-Packard Inc. and has had leadership roles at Avaya Inc., Coca Cola Inc, and United Technologies Inc. Bala earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in General Management from the University of Madras in Chennai, India. He also holds an MBA in Human Resources from Rutgers University and graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Bala was named to the list of Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business by the Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC) and named Executive of the Year by Columbus CEO Magazine.