RockTenn CEO Rubright to retire in October

Norcross-based RockTenn, a manufacturer of corrugated and consumer packaging, will have a new leader later this year.

The company said Friday that Jim Rubright will retire as chief executive officer and director Oct. 31. He will be replaced by Steve Voorhees, who joined RockTenn as chief financial officer in 2000 and was named president and chief operating officer this past January.

“RockTenn will lose a remarkable CEO with Jim Rubright’s retirement from the company,” said Stephen Felker, the company’s lead independent director and incoming board chairman. “Under Jim’s leadership, RockTenn has grown to become a highly respected leader in the paper and forest products industry.”

Said Rubright, “I’m glad to be able to leave RockTenn with a strong and talented leadership team. Steve Voorhees has been instrumental in developing and executing our process improvement and acquisition strategies since he joined RockTenn in 2000 and is a great choice to lead our company.

RockTenn also announced that Voorhees and Jenny Hourihan, chief executive officer of ORBIS International, have been elected to the board of RockTenn. ORBIS is an international nonprofit organization that works in developing countries to save sight.