Timothy J. Nelson, Principal and Gateway Packaging Board Member along with the Board of Directors of Sawmill Capital has approved the transition of Roger D. Miller from Chairman and Chief Executive Officer to Chairman of the Board, to become effective on January 1, 2012. At that time, Gateway President and Chief Operating Officer, Omar Abuaita, will become Chief Executive Officer, reporting directly to the Board of Directors.
Roger Miller has provided outstanding leadership and
significant contributions to Gateway’s success over the past 30 years. His strategic succession planning process has
culminated in today's announcement. As chairman and CEO, Roger Miller
implemented an ambitious strategy for growth and expansion that transformed the
company into a leader in the U.S. market and positioned it for continued growth.
Miller will remain active through ongoing leadership and strategic direction of
Gateway in his role as Chairman. He will
play an important role in identifying strategic acquisitions to expand the
breadth and scale of Gateway and enhance customer value proposition.
Miller states, "It has been my honor and privilege to
lead Gateway as CEO for over 30 years. During this time, I have had the
opportunity to appoint and manage what I believe is the best leadership team in
our industry. These leadership changes reflect our long-standing commitment to
broadening and strengthening our management bench and put in place an enhanced
management structure that we believe best suits the company we are today and
the company we expect to be in the future. I have never been more confident
than I am today in Gateway’s current position and future potential."
Omar Abuaita has worked in the packaging industry for over 24
years and took the role as COO of Gateway Packaging in June of 2011. He has an impressive track record and vision
for the future. His transition to the
role of CEO will be a seamless one. While working at Sonoco Products for over
23 years prior to joining Gateway, Omar Abuaita had immersed himself in every
key area of the packaging business and distinguished himself as a leader within
the flexible packaging industry. He has deep knowledge of the industry, and he
has demonstrated extraordinary passion, dedication and leadership in Gateway
Packaging's strategic goals.