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MeadWestvaco Announces New Leadership for its Consumer Solutions Group.

RICHMOND, Va. -- MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV) announced today a series of management changes to strengthen its consumer packaging business.

Mark Cross, senior vice president, will assume direct oversight of MeadWestvaco's Consumer Solutions Group (CSG) in addition to his current responsibilities managing the company's emerging markets operations. Steve Scherger, previously vice president of corporate strategy, will assume the role of president, CSG Americas, with additional responsibility for the global strategy of the group. Bill Biedenharn, president of CSG, will assist with this transition prior to his retirement later this year.

"CSG is a core component of our global packaging platform because of its broad product and service offerings and geographic footprint," said John A. Luke, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer. "We are confident that the new CSG leadership team will accelerate our plans to improve the profitability of this important business and enhance our ability to serve and grow with our customers worldwide."

CSG combines MeadWestvaco's packaging systems and consumer packaging groups, bringing together the company's wide range of consumer packaging capabilities into one business. The group maximizes the value of resources in creative design, print, manufacturing and systems, and offers a comprehensive, simplified process for innovative consumer packaging solutions.

"There are significant opportunities to refine our strategy and market focus and improve our operational performance so that CSG can perform more effectively within our targeted markets," said Mark Cross. "I look forward to working with Steve and the CSG team to fully leverage MeadWestvaco's packaging capabilities so that we can help our customers compete and win on a global scale."

MeadWestvaco is a global packaging company that delivers high-value packaging solutions and products to the world's most recognized companies in the food and beverage, media and entertainment, personal care, home and garden, cosmetic and healthcare industries. The company also has market-leading positions in its Consumer & Office Products, Specialty Chemicals and Specialty Papers businesses. MeadWestvaco, with operations in more than 29 countries, has been selected for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, and manages all of its forestlands in accordance with internationally recognized forest certification standards. For more information, please visit
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