Philadelphia, PA – May 11, 2016. Crown Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CCK) (Crown) (www.crowncork.com) announced that Robert H. Bourque, Jr., has been appointed to President of CROWN Asia Pacific effective from May 1, 2016. Bourque will succeed Jozef Salaerts, who has led the Asia Pacific Division for 9 years to a stronger business and enhanced customer relationships in the region. Under Salaerts’ guidance, CROWN Asia Pacific went through significant growth with sales of $1.2 billion and segment income of $145 million in 2015, compared to sales and segment income of approximately $480 million and $45 million respectively in 2007, when he was first appointed President of the Division.
Robert Bourque was promoted from his previous position as Senior Vice President – Crown Beverage Packaging, China and Hong Kong. Bourque will be based in Singapore overseeing all operations across Southeast Asia and China, and will report to Timothy J. Donahue, Crown’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Commenting on the new appointment, Mr. Donahue stated, “We are fortunate to have someone of Bob’s caliber ready to lead the Asia Pacific Division as it continues to grow. I am confident that the Company will continue to benefit from Bob’s management skills, knowledge of our business and commitment to our customers.”
“CROWN Asia Pacific has experienced continuous growth over the years with the regional consumers’ growing preference for beverage in metal cans. I look forward to continuing this exciting journey and partner closely with our customers in Asia to deliver innovative and sustainable metal packaging solutions,” said Bourque. “I would also like to thank Jozef for his visionary leadership which positioned Crown as the right partner to help brands connect with their consumers and achieve sustainability in the region.”
Crown currently operates 32 plants with beverage, food can, aerosol and general line packaging production lines across China and Southeast Asia, supporting both global and local customers. Building on the continued growth in popularity of soft drinks and beer in Asia, the company is building a third Cambodian beverage can plant in Phnom Penh and adding can end capability to the Sihanoukville beverage can plant. Both are expected to begin commercial production during the second quarter of this year.