New chief executive for Rexam

November 13: Graham Chipchase will take over as chief executive of Rexam on 1 January 2010 when current chief executive Leslie Van de Walle retires after almost three years at the London-based canmaking firm.

Chipchase (pictured) has been group director of the Rexam plastics packaging operations since July 2005 and joined the Rexam board as group finance director in February 2003.

Van de Walle, 53, will be concentrating on and developing his non-executive interests. “I am very pleased to be handing over to Graham, with whom I have worked closely for the past three years,” he said. Van de Walle joined Rexam in February 2007 from Shell’s global retail division.

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