Haley, 50, is chief executive officer of Gosiger, Inc., a US distributor of computer-controlled machine tools and factory automation systems that serves manufacturers throughout North America. He also serves on the board of directors of Ultra-met Carbide Technologies, a manufacturer of custom-moulded tungsten carbide products, located in Urbana, Ohio.

"We are extremely pleased to have John joining Sonoco's board," chairman and CEO Harris E. DeLoach said. "He not only brings strong business leadership skills, but extensive experience in manufacturing automation that will be valuable in helping us in our efforts to continue improving manufacturing productivity in our global operations."