Herman van der Meij, former managing director at Viridor Resource Management, is heading DS Smith’s paper buying for recycling (pfr) in its German division.
Van der Meij left Viridor earlier this year and moved to resource recovery specialist AEB (Amsterdam) in July. Three months on, he has become head of pft trading, covering Germany, the Benelux countries, Poland and surrounding markets.
He will focus on securing supply for paper mill customers across DS Smith’s markets and driving service innovation with retailers, recyclers and municipals.
In another senior appointment, Bernd Mäntele rejoins DS Smith as head of customer service after two years with RSO Entsorgungs & Beratungs to focus on integrating business and administrative processes within the customer base.
Jochen Behr, head of recycling at DS Smith, said: “The appointment of Herman and Bernd will allow us to become even more closely integrated with our customers, suppliers and partners.
“Alongside improving our agility in innovation, the move will ensure we are the supplier of choice for our customers’ recycling requirements.”