O-I Names Vitaliano Torno as Leader of European Operations

O-I Names Vitaliano Torno as Leader of European Operations

Schiedam - Owens-Illinois, Inc. (NYSE: OI), the world’s leading glass container manufacturer, announced today that it has named Vitaliano Torno managing director of O-I Europe, effective immediately. Torno succeeds Erik Bouts as the most senior level executive for O-I in Europe and will report to Andres Lopez, president of glass containers and chief operating officer

As the head of O-I’s largest region, Torno will continue shepherding the company through its long-term asset optimization program. His strong commercial background will help support the growing needs of European customers and serve to promote the company’s leadership role in providing sustainable, healthy and safe packaging solutions.

Torno has worked in the glass industry for more than 25 years. He served as general manager of O-I’s operations in central Europe (Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary) in the late 1990s, and in Italy in the early 2000s.  Following O-I’s acquisition of BSN in 2004, Torno was named vice president of sales and business development for O-I Europe. After serving in several commercial leadership roles for the region, he was named vice president of O-I’s European country organization, a role he will maintain in his new position.

“Vitaliano has a broad understanding of the European markets and customers, and has a strong background in the glass industry,” said Al Stroucken, O-I chairman and CEO. “He served as an architect of the recent restructuring in the region, so we expect he will continue the strong momentum we are experiencing in that region.” 

O-I’s European business comprises 8,000 employees in 10 different countries. With more than $2.8 billion (€2.1 billion) of sales in 2013, the region represents approximately 40 per cent of the company’s global sales.

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At O-I Glass, Inc., we love glass and are proud to make more of it than any other glass bottle or jar producer in the world. We elevate products by creating sustainable packaging with emotions, transforming brands into icons, transcending the day-to-day to create meaningful, magical moments. We help food and beverage brands fully express themselves so they can build an emotional bond with consumers. Globally headquartered in Perrysburg, Ohio, our team of more than 27,500 employees at 78 plants in 23 countries worldwide has achieved revenues of $6.7 billion in 2019. We are dedicated to make what matters, to step-by-step shape a healthier and more exciting world. For more information, visit www.o-i.com.