Hunt (pictured left) follows John Zeiser, who has served as President since 1993 and recently celebrated 40 years with SCT. Southern Champion has operations in Chattanooga, TN, Mansfield, TX, Fairfield, OH, and a 300,000 sq ft expansion is underway in Chattanooga. John Zeiser will become Chairman of the Board, and his brother, Bruce Zeiser, will serve as Vice Chairman.
John Zeiser stated, “While our family will remain active and fully committed to SCT, we are confident in Brian’s abilities to lead the company into its next chapter of growth. Brian is a proven leader who values people and has more than 30 years’ experience in the paperboard industry. He has been an integral part of SCT’s growth since 1999, serving in progressive leadership roles including General Manager, VP of Operations and most recently, Chief Operations Officer. Brian’s strong technical skills and industry expertise will be critical to guide our growth.”
Hunt is the first non-family President of Southern Champion and will be responsible for the overall strategic direction of the company, leading over 850 employees in continuing the company’s 95 year track record of growth and service along with its values-based culture and mission. He said, “I am grateful for the confidence the Zeiser family has placed in me to lead the company. I am blessed to work each day with an incredibly loyal team and am inspired by their dedication and drive to succeed.”
Hunt currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Paperboard Packaging Council, the industry association serving North American suppliers and converters of all forms of paperboard packaging.