Greif Names Bala V. Sathyanarayanan as Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer

Greif, Inc. (NYSE: GEF, GEF.B), a global leader in industrial packaging products and services, announced today the appointment of Bala V. Sathyanarayanan as Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer. Sathyanarayanan will join Greif as a member of the executive leadership team.

Bala is a seasoned business leader with extensive international experience who will help us drive business results, said Pete Watson, Greifs President and Chief Executive Officer. A demonstrated servant leader, his expertise and business focus will immediately contribute to Greif achieving its strategic priorities.

For the past 27 years Sathyanarayanan has worked in a variety of human resources, talent management and operational roles. He most recently served as Executive Vice President for Human Resources for North American Operations at the Xerox Corporation. While at Xerox, Sathyanarayanan led several initiatives that drove business transformations, built winning cultures and provided superior delivery of business outcomes throughout the enterprise.

Sathyanarayanan also led human resources for the Americas Enterprise Business at Hewlett-Packard Inc., overseeing initiatives in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. His career also includes roles at Avaya Inc., Polaris Software Inc., and Coca Cola Inc.

Sathyanarayanan holds an MBA in Human Resources from Rutgers University and graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He earned both his Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering and Master of Business Administration (MBA) in General Management degrees from the University of Madras in Chennai, India.


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About Greif, Inc.

Greif is a global leader in industrial packaging products and services and is pursuing its vision: in industrial packaging, be the best performing customer service company in the world. The company produces steel, plastic and fibre drums, intermediate bulk containers, reconditioned containers, flexible products, containerboard and packaging accessories and provides filling, packaging and other services for a wide range of industries. Greif also manages timber properties in the southeastern United States. The company is strategically positioned in over 40 countries to serve global as well as regional customers. Additional information is on the company’s website at

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