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Paul Coulson - Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Paul Coulson

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Paul Coulson graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a business degree in 1973. He spent five years with Price Waterhouse in London and Dublin and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1978. He then established his own accounting firm before setting up Yeoman International in 1980 and developing it into a significant leasing and structured finance business. In 1998 he became Chairman of the Group and initiated the transformation of Ardagh from a small, single plant operation into a leading global packaging company. Over the last 30 years he has been involved in the creation and development of a number of businesses apart from Yeoman and Ardagh. These include Fanad Fisheries, a leading Irish salmon farming company, and Sterile Technologies. Prior to its sale to Stericycle, Inc. in 2006, Sterile Technologies had been developed into the leading medical waste management company in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Abigail Blunt - Independent Non-Executive Director

Abigail Blunt

Independent Non-Executive Director

Abigail Blunt currently serves as Global Head of Government Affairs and Advisor to the Board of The Kraft Heinz Company. Prior to joining Kraft Foods Global, a predecessor to Kraft Heinz, in 2007, Ms Blunt was Senior Director of Federal Government Relations at Altria Corporate Services Inc., which she joined in 2001. Earlier in her career, Ms Blunt gained extensive legislative and political experience as Finance Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee, as Foundation Director with the US Chamber of Commerce and as a legislative aide in the US House of Representatives. She is a member of The Economic Club of Washington. Ms Blunt joined the Board in 2020 as an Independent Director and is a member of the Sustainability Committee.

Brendan Dowling - Director

Brendan Dowling

Director

Brendan Dowling has been a director of the Group since 1998. He holds graduate degrees in economics from University College Dublin and Yale University. He was Economic Advisor to the Minister for Foreign Affairs in Dublin before joining Davy Stockbrokers in 1979 as Chief Economist and later partner. He is a former member of the Committee of the Irish Stock Exchange and the Industrial Development Authority of Ireland. Prior to joining Yeoman International Group in 1995, he was Executive Chairman of Protos Stockbrokers in Helsinki, Finland.

Yves Elsen - Independent Non-Executive Director

Yves Elsen

Independent Non-Executive Director

Yves Elsen is CEO and managing partner of HITEC Luxembourg S.A., a Luxembourg-based industrial and technology company serving contractors in over 20 countries around the world. Prior to this, Mr. Elsen founded and led SATLYNX S.A., following extensive experience with listed satellite operator SES - Société Européenne des Satellites S.A.. He was a member of the supervisory board of Villeroy & Boch AG from 2013 to 2019 and its Chairman from 2017. Mr. Elsen is Chairman of the board of governors of the University of Luxembourg. Mr. Elsen joined the Board in 2020 as an Independent Director and is a member of the Audit Committee.

Houghton Fry - Director

Houghton Fry

Director

Houghton Fry qualified as a solicitor in 1967 with William Fry, Solicitors in Dublin, Ireland having obtained an LLB law degree from Trinity College, Dublin University, Ireland. He became a Partner in the firm in 1970 and, in 1986, Chairman and Senior Partner. He specialised in international corporate and financial law and had extensive transaction experience in many different jurisdictions. He retired from legal practice in 2004 and has been a director of the Group since that time.

Johan Gorter - Chairman Glass North America and Director

Johan Gorter

Chairman Glass North America and Director

Johan Gorter was appointed director of the Group in 2016. Mr. Gorter joined PLM in 1998 as plant director for the Dongen glass plant. He then held several management positions within Rexam before he joined the Group in 2007 as Group Director for Continuous Improvement. He was Chief Executive Officer of Glass Packaging Europe from 2011 to 2019 and Chief Executive Officer of Glass Packaging from 2017 to 2019. Since 2020, Mr. Gorter is Chairman of Glass Packaging North America. Mr. Gorter holds a Masters in Industrial Engineering from the University of Eindhoven.

Oliver Graham - Ardagh Metal Packaging CEO

Oliver Graham

Ardagh Metal Packaging CEO

Oliver Graham is CEO of Ardagh Metal Packaging, a position he has held since January 1, 2020. Before taking up his current role, Mr. Graham was CEO of Metal Beverage Europe with responsibility for Metal Beverage Brazil, as well as being Group Commercial Director. He joined Ardagh in 2016 following the acquisition of the metal beverage business, prior to which he was Group Commercial Director at Rexam PLC. Mr. Graham joined Rexam PLC in 2013 from The Boston Consulting Group, where he was a partner. Mr. Graham joined the Board in 2020 and is a member of the Sustainability Committee.

The Rt. Hon. the Lord Hammond of Runnymede - Independent Non-Executive Director

The Rt. Hon. the Lord Hammond of Runnymede

Independent Non-Executive Director

The Rt. Hon. the Lord Hammond of Runnymede has had a distinguished career in British politics. A Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2019, he held a range of ministerial offices, most recently serving as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2016 to 2019. Prior to this, he served as Foreign Secretary from 2014 to 2016, as Defence Secretary from 2011 to 2014 and as Transport Secretary from 2010 to 2011. Lord Philip Hammond joined the Board in 2019 as an Independent Director and is a member of the Audit Committee.

David Matthews - Chief Financial Officer and Director

David Matthews

Chief Financial Officer and Director

David Matthews was appointed Chief Financial Officer and director of the Group in 2014. Prior to joining Ardagh, Mr. Matthews held various senior finance positions at DS Smith plc and Bunzl plc. Mr. Matthews qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1989 with Price Waterhouse in London and holds an engineering degree from the University of Southampton.

Gerald Moloney - Director, Executive Committee

Gerald Moloney

Director, Executive Committee

Gerald Moloney has been a director of the Group since 2016, having served for many years on the boards of Yeoman International Group Limited and Yeoman Capital S.A.. He is an executive with the Group since 2018 and is a member of the Executive Committee. He holds a law degree from University College Cork and qualified as a solicitor in 1981. He worked for a period in European law in Brussels and has many years' experience working in the areas of commercial law and commercial litigation. He is a founding partner of the commercial and litigation law firm, G.J. Moloney, with offices in Dublin and Cork, Ireland.

Shaun Murphy - Chief Operating Office and Director

Shaun Murphy

Chief Operating Office and Director

Shaun Murphy was appointed Chief Operating Officer and Director of the Group in 2019. He is Chairman of the Sustainability Committee. Prior to joining Ardagh, he was a partner at KPMG for almost 20 years and completed a six-year term as Managing Partner of KPMG in Ireland in 2019. Mr. Murphy also served as the Lead Director on KPMG’s Global Board from 2015 until 2019. He holds a business degree from University College Dublin and is a Chartered Accountant.

Damien O'Brien - Independent Non-Executive Director

Damien O'Brien

Independent Non-Executive Director

Damien O’Brien has served as CEO of Egon Zehnder from 2008 to 2014 and as its Chairman from 2010 to 2018. Mr. O’Brien joined Egon Zehnder in 1988 and since then he has been based in Australia, Asia and Europe. He is also a member of the boards of IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland, and St. Vincents Health Australia. He joined the Board in 2017 as an Independent Director and is a member of the Audit Committee.

Hermanus Troskie - Independent Non-Executive Director

Hermanus Troskie

Independent Non-Executive Director

Hermanus Troskie has been a director of the Group since 2009. Mr. Troskie is the Deputy CEO at Maitland, a global advisory and administration firm. He has extensive experience in the areas of international corporate structuring, cross-border financing and capital markets, with a particular interest in integrated structuring for entrepreneurs and their businesses. Mr. Troskie is a director of companies within the Yeoman group of companies, and other private and public companies. He qualified as a South African Attorney in 1997, and as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales in 2001. Mr. Troskie is based in Luxembourg.

Edward White - Independent Non-Executive Director

Edward White

Independent Non-Executive Director

Edward White has been an Executive Professor of Finance in the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University since 2014. He was formerly a Senior Vice President and the Chief Financial Officer of Owens-Illinois, Inc. for seven years until his retirement in 2012. During his 38-year career with O-I, he worked in a variety of management roles across finance, manufacturing and marketing. His international experiences included senior management positions as an expatriate in Finland, Poland, France and Switzerland. Mr. White holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Hawaii and a Bachelors in Business Administration from Indiana University. He joined the Board in 2017 as an Independent Director and is Chairman of the Audit Committee.

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