The Fibre Box Association (FBA) is saddened to inform you of the passing of Roger W. Stone. Roger passed away peacefully at home in Lake Forest, IL on September 12, 2021. He will be remembered for his love of family, lifelong passion for business, kind and generous spirit, quick wit, and unassuming manner.
Roger began his career as a box salesman at Stone Container Corporation, a company founded by his grandfather, father, and uncles, and worked his way up to Chief Executive Officer to become an international leader in the paper industry. As CEO, he transformed Stone Container into “the world’s largest producer and converter of brown paper-unbleached containerboard, kraft paper, bags and corrugated boxes” with over 30,000 employees and $6 Billion in revenue. (New York Times)
Roger retired from Stone Container in 1999 following the merger of the company and Jefferson Smurfit in 1998. At an age when most business leaders would have retired, Roger went on to build two additional paper companies, BoxUSA and KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation with his son-in-law and business partner of 40 years, Matthew Kaplan.
Mr. Stone was a good friend and an active participant in both the FBA and the International Corrugated Case Association (ICCA). He served as ICCA Chairman from 1987-1988.
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