John Bryant, Director

John Bryant was elected to Ball Corporation’s board of directors in September 2018.

Mr. Bryant joined Kellogg Company in 1998 and held a variety of roles including chief financial officer; president, North America; president, international; and chief operating officer before becoming chief executive officer in January 2011. He retired as chairman of the board in March 2018 and chief executive officer in September 2017.

In addition to his role on Ball’s board, Bryant serves as a board member of Macy’s Inc., Compass PLC and Coca Cola European Partners. He has also served as a trustee of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Trust, and on the boards of directors of Catalyst and The Consumer Goods Forum.

Mr. Bryant holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Australian National University and a Master of Business Administration (Palmer Graduate Scholar) degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Member of the Audit Committee

Member of the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee


Michael J. Cave, Director

Michael Cave is a retired senior vice president of The Boeing Company, the world's leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft. He joined the Ball Corporation board of directors in 2014.

He served Boeing for 31 years, most recently as president of Boeing Capital Corp., a wholly owned Boeing subsidiary responsible for arranging, structuring and providing financing for Boeing's commercial airplane and space and defense products. Prior to that, Mr. Cave served as senior vice president of business development and strategy for the corporation; senior vice president and general manager for Boeing’s commercial airplane programs; chief financial officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, and vice president of finance for Boeing Information, Space & Defense Systems.

In addition to Ball Corporation, Mr. Cave currently serves on the board of directors for Harley-Davidson (NYSE: HOG). In the past, he served on the boards of Private Export Funding Corporation, The Seattle Symphony, The Goodman Theatre, and the United Way of King County and Aircastle Ltd. He was named one of the 100 Most Important Hispanics in Technology and Business for 2006 by Hispanic Engineer and Information Technology magazine and is a Fellow in the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Mr. Cave holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from Purdue University, where he was recently honored as one of its distinguished engineering alumni.

Member of the Audit Committee

Chair of the Finance Committee


John A. Hayes, Chairman

Ball Corporation History

  • 2022-present; chairman, Ball Corporation
  • 2021-2022: chief executive officer and chairman
  • 2013-2021; chairman, president and chief executive officer
  • 2011-2013; president and chief executive officer
  • 2010-2011; president and chief operating officer
  • 2008-2009; executive vice president and chief operating officer, Ball Corporation
  • 2007-2008; president, Ball Packaging Europe and senior vice president, Ball Corporation
  • 2006-2007; president, Ball Packaging Europe and vice president, Ball Corporation
  • 2005-2006; executive vice president, Ball Packaging Europe and vice president, Ball Corporation
  • 2003-2005; vice president, corporate strategy, marketing and development
  • 2000-2003; vice president, corporate planning and development
  • 1999; senior director, corporate planning and development

Previous Work Experience

  • Vice president, mergers and acquisitions/corporate finance, Lehman Brothers, Chicago
  • Research associate/senior research associate, Greenwich Associates, Stamford, Conn.

Boards/Professional Activities

  • 2017-present: board of directors, Kohler Co., Kohler, Wisconsin
  • 2017-present: board of trustees, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York
  • 2015-present: board of directors, Business Roundtable, Washington, D.C.
  • 2015-2017: alumni council, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York
  • 2010-present: board of directors, Ball Corporation
  • 2009-2014; board of directors, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • 2008-2010; chairman, Can Manufacturers Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • 2006-2007; chairman, Beverage Can Makers Europe, Brussels, Belgium


  • 1993; MBA, finance and strategy, J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University; named Ira J. Harris scholar in finance, Evanston, Ill.
  • 1988; bachelor’s degree, English and economics, Colgate University, Hamilton, N.Y.

Pedro Henrique Mariani, Director

Pedro Henrique Mariani joined Ball Corporation’s board of directors as advisory director in July 2010 and moved into the role of director in January 2018. He is CEO and member of the board, Banco BocomBBM, a Brazilian financial institution.

Mr. Mariani joined BBM Group in 1981; was elected to the executive committee of Banco BBM in 1983; and appointed its chief executive officer in 1991. Currently, he is an executive officer and member of the board of directors at Banco BBM.

In addition to his director role with Ball, Mr. Mariani is a member of the board of directors at FEBRABAN (Brazilian Federation of Banks). He is a council member for Pró-Criança Cardíaca Project, a children´s hospital in Rio de Janeiro

He is past-president of ANBID (Brazilian Association of Investment Banks) and past member of the Brazilian Financial System Council.

Mr. Mariani has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro. His areas of specialty include econometrics and operational research.

Member of the Finance Committee

Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.


Georgia Nelson, Director

Georgia Nelson joined Ball Corporation’s board of directors in July of 2006. She is president and CEO of PTI Resources, LLC, an energy and environmental consulting firm. Ms. Nelson also provides executive coaching services to senior executives. She is the former founding president of Midwest Generation EME, LLC, an Edison International company headquartered in Chicago. Midwest Generation is a large independent power generation company.

In her 35 years at Edison International, Nelson served as general manager of Edison Mission Energy – Americas, was senior vice president of worldwide operations for Edison Mission Energy and held executive responsibilities for Edison Mission Marketing and Trading, Inc., a Boston-based energy marketing and trading subsidiary. She also was a senior executive with Southern California Edison, a large U.S. electric utility.

In addition to her directorship with Ball Corporation, Nelson serves as a director of Cummins Inc., TransAlta Corporation and Sims Metal Management Ltd. She was formerly a director of Nicor Inc., Tower Automotive and CalMat Corporation. Ms. Nelson also serves as a director of CH2MHill, a privately held company. She is a former trustee of the Manufacturers Alliance. She serves on the advisory committee of the Center for Executive Women at Northwestern University and formerly served on the Women’s Advisory Board of the JFK School of Government at Harvard University. She is a member of numerous organizations including The Commercial Club of Chicago, The Economic Club of Chicago and The Chicago Network.

Ms. Nelson holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University, Malibu, Calif.

Chair of the Human Resources Committee

Member of the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee


Cynthia A. Niekamp, Director

Cynthia A. “Cindy” Niekamp joined Ball Corporation’s board of directors in 2016. She is retired senior vice president of automotive coatings at PPG Industries, Inc., a global leader in performance and industrial coatings.

Niekamp joined PPG in 2009 as vice president of automotive coatings and was promoted to senior vice president in 2010. She had responsibility for the multi-billion dollar revenue business with operations across 15 countries and more than 6,000 employees. She also served as member of the PPG operating committee until her retirement in 2016.

While at PPG, Niekamp charted and implemented a strategy to improve the financial performance of the business unit and to double its revenues. She also accelerated the business’ growth into emerging countries, diversified the customer base and pursued strategic acquisitions.

Previously, Niekamp served as president and general manager of BorgWarner’s TorqTransfer Systems division, a supplier of engineered-four-wheel drive systems to major automakers. She also served in various executive roles for MeadWestvaco Corporation (now part of WestRock Company), including vice president, corporate strategy and planning; senior vice president, strategy and specialty operations; and chief financial officer.

In addition to her director role on the Ball Corporation board of directors, Niekamp serves on the board of Magna International Inc., a $36.6 billion Canadian auto parts manufacturer. She previously served on the public boards of Delphi Corporation, Rockwood Holdings and Cooper Tire & Rubber Company.

Niekamp holds an MBA from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree with distinction, industrial engineering, from Purdue University.

Member of the Human Resources Committee

Member of the Finance Committee


Todd Penegor, Director

Todd Penegor was elected to Ball Corporation’s board of directors in October 2019.

Mr. Penegor joined The Wendy’s Company as senior vice president and chief financial officer in 2013; and was named president and chief executive officer in 2016.

Prior to joining Wendy’s, Mr. Penegor held a series of key leadership roles at Kellogg Company and Ford Motor Company.

Alongside his role on the board at Ball, Penegor also serves as a board member at Wendy’s Company, Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business Financial Advisory Board and the Dublin (Ohio) Chamber of Commerce. He also serves as vice chair for the board of trustees of the Dave Thomas Foundation.

Mr. Penegor holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and a Master of Business Administration in finance from Michigan State University.

Member of the Audit Committee

Member of the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee


Cathy Ross, Director

Cathy Ross joined Ball Corporation’s board of directors in January 2018. She is retired chief financial officer and executive vice president, FedEx Express. During her 30 years with FedEx, Ms. Ross held responsibility for the company’s worldwide financial affairs, including financial planning, reporting and analysis, accounting and controls, as well as long-range strategic planning.

In addition to her directorship with Ball, Ms. Ross serves on the board of directors for Steelcase, Inc., a global office furniture, architectural and technology products company, where she chairs the compensation committee and is a member of the audit committee. She is a director and audit committee member for Avon Products, Inc., a global manufacturer and marketer of beauty and related products. Additionally, Ms. Ross serves on boards for three Memphis organizations: The National Civil Rights Museum, The Child Advocacy Center and Christian Brothers University.

In 2013, Ms. Ross received the Black Enterprise Women of Power Legacy Award and was inducted into the University of Memphis Fogelman College of Business Hall of Fame. In 2012, she was named to the Black Enterprise Magazine list of the 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America. Ms. Ross was twice awarded the Board Walk of Fame by CABLE, a professional organization dedicated to connecting women and opportunity. In 2007, she joined other notable women of achievement as a member of the Tennessee Women’s Forum and the International Women’s Forum. She received the Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Memphis, the Memphis Tri-State Defender Women of Excellence Award, and was named one of the 25 Rising Women of Finance by JPMorgan Chase/Treasury and Risk Management.

A native of Henderson, Tennessee, Ms. Ross holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Memphis and a bachelor’s degree from Christian Brothers University in Memphis. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Delta Sigma Pi Professional Fraternity.

Chair of the Audit Committee

Member of the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee


Betty Sapp, Director

Betty Sapp was elected to Ball Corporation’s board of directors in May 2019.

Ms. Sapp joined the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), a joint Department of Defense–Intelligence Community organization, in 1997 and was named the first woman to serve as director of the NRO in 2012. After serving as the 18th director of the NRO, Ms. Sapp retired in June 2019.

Ms. Sapp served in a variety of strategic leadership roles at the NRO and within the U.S. government, including deputy under secretary of Defense for Intelligence. Before joining the NRO, Ms. Sapp served in the United States Air Force for 17 years in various acquisition and financial management positions on space and satellite programs.

In addition to her role on Ball’s board, Ms. Sapp serves as a board member of Perspecta Inc.

Ms. Sapp holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, magna cum laude, from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Member of the Human Resources Committee

Member of the Finance Committee


Stuart A. Taylor II, Director

Stuart A. Taylor II was elected to Ball Corporation’s board of directors in April 1999 and became lead independent director in April 2019.

Previously, he was senior managing director at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., in Chicago. Prior to that, Mr. Taylor was a managing director and head of CIBC World Market’s Global Automotive Group and Transportation Equipment Group.

Prior to working at CIBC, he spent three years as a managing director at BT Alex Brown, Inc., where he ran the Automotive Industry Group. Previous to his position at BT Alex Brown, Mr. Taylor spent a total of 10 years at Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc., in the corporate finance department. Based both in New York and Chicago, Mr. Taylor was responsible for developing relationships and executing transactions for a number of Morgan Stanley’s major corporate clients.

In addition to his role on Ball’s board, Taylor serves as a board member of Hillenbrand Inc. and Wabash National Corporation.

Mr. Taylor grew up in Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Yale University, New Haven, Conn., and received an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business, Cambridge, Mass., with a concentration in finance.

Member of the Human Resources Committee

Chair of the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee


Daniel W. Fisher, President and Chief Executive Officer

Ball Corporation History

  • 2022-present; president and chief executive officer, Ball Corporation
  • 2021-2022; president, Ball Corporation
  • 2016-2020; senior vice president, Ball Corporation; chief operating officer, Global Beverage Packaging
  • 2016; president, Beverage Packaging North and Central America
  • 2014-2016; president, North American Metal Beverage
  • 2013-2014; senior vice president, finance and planning, North America Metal Beverage
  • 2010-2013; vice president, finance, North America, Ball Metal Beverage Packaging Division, Americas

Previous Work Experience

  • Director, finance, Emerson Process Management (Emerson Electric)
  • Chief financial & information technology officer, Daniel Industries (Emerson Electric)
  • Vice President, affiliate manager, Grey Mountain Partners
  • Chief financial officer, Thomson Industries (Danaher Corporation)
  • Chief financial officer, Americas, Bradken Corporation


  • 2003; MBA, business administration, University of Colorado, Denver
  • 1995; bachelor’s degree, business administration/finance, Washington University, St. Louis

Dune Ives, Director of Brand and Communications

Dune Ives is the Director of Brand and Communications at the US Water Alliance, a national nonprofit organization advancing policies and programs that build a sustainable water future for all. Dune brings nearly three decades of experience in brand marketing communications and large-scale cultural change initiatives across a variety of environmental issues and industries. With a sharp focus on persistent impact, Dune has developed viral, award-winning global and domestic culture change movements founded on core principles of collaboration, transparency, and inclusion.

Prior to her work with the Alliance, Dune served as the Founding CEO of Lonely Whale, a US nonprofit dedicated to preventing plastic waste from entering the ocean. During her tenure, she created the viral #StopSucking global movement on single-use plastics, the Ocean Heroes Media Network, the TOM FORD Plastic Innovation Prize, and NextWave Plastics, a cross-industry collaboration of leading brands that collectively yielded more than 4 billion earned media impressions. Dune also developed and led the first global environmental philanthropic portfolio for Mr. Paul G. Allen where she oversaw a $143 million portfolio, led Mr. Allen’s $100 million commitment to stop the spread of Ebola and reunite children with their families, and co-founded the Green Sports Alliance, a membership-based organization of more than 500 professional and collegiate sports venues. Passionate about the power of communication to shift cultural norms, Dune holds her PhD in psychology from Utah State University and can often be found exploring in nature with her husband and eight-year-old son.


Board Overview

Board Independence

  • 11 of 12 directors are independent
  • Only independent directors serve on Audit, Human Resources and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees
  • All committees have independent director chair
  • Lead Independent Director has defined role that follows NYSE director independence standards

Board Diversity

  • 5 of 12 directors are women
  • 5 of 12 directors are ethnically diverse
  • Balanced director tenure
  • Board composition represents diversity in gender, ethnicity, age, skills and experiences