The board of US-based canmaker Crown Holdings has elected president and chief executive Timothy Donahue as its chair.

He succeeds John Conway who was appointed to the role in 2001. Conway, who was Crown’s previous president and chief executive from 2000 to the end of 2015, joined the company in 1974.

Donahue has been chief executive and president since 2016. Prior to that he served as Crown’s president and chief operating officer, and as the company’s chief financial officer. An accountant by training, Donahue joined the canmaker, which has its headquarters at Yardley in Pennsylvania, in 1990.

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