Gardner joins International Paper

One of the world’s largest paper and packaging products company, International Paper, has announced the appointment of Mike Gardner to the role of Sales and Market­ing Director in its European Foodservice operation.

Mike is well-known to many Foodservice operators in the UK and Europe, thanks to his previous stints at Veriplast, Tchibo Coffee and Mars. In a career spanning more than 25 years, he has built up a vast knowledge of the Food­service industry. He is relishing the opportunity, incumbent in his new role, to extend his knowledge and provide European customers with International Paper’s innovative, cost-effective and environmentally conscious foodservice solutions, particularly in the fast growing paper cup sector.

“I spent some time in the business as a consultant prior to coming on board,” said Mike, 51, “so I have been aware of the company’s potential for some time. Bearing in mind IP’s plans for growth in the UK and Europe and its excellent world-wide reputation, the chance to join the organisation and be part of this development was very attractive.”

Mike takes up his new post with immediate effect.