Ball Announces Charles Baker's Retirement, Names Hannah Lim-Johnson as Successor

September 01, 2023

WESTMINSTER, Colo., Sept. 1, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Ball Corporation (NYSE: BALL) today announced that Charles E. Baker, 66, vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, will be retiring after a 30-year career with the company. Hannah Lim-Johnson, 51, has been named senior vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary, effective Sept. 18, 2023. Baker will remain with Ball to provide counsel to support the successful completion of the proposed aerospace transaction which was disclosed last month.

"As part of Ball's long-term strategic succession planning, we are pleased to welcome Hannah to Ball, and on behalf of our entire team, we thank Charles for his numerous contributions to our company and congratulate him on his well-deserved retirement," said Daniel W. Fisher, chairman and CEO.

Baker joined Ball in 1993 as director, business development, prior to which he was a partner at the law firm of Fraser & Beatty in Toronto, Ontario. He was Ball's associate general counsel from 1999 to 2004, when he was appointed general counsel.

"Throughout his tenure, Charles has been a cornerstone of our organization, playing a pivotal role in our ongoing commitment to operating with uncompromising integrity and helping us to mitigate regulatory, compliance and other business risks every day and guiding us through a number of significant acquisitions and divestitures that have made us who we are today," Fisher said.

Lim-Johnson most recently served as senior vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary at Meritor, Inc. (NYSE: MTOR), a global supplier to the commercial vehicle and industrial markets, now a Cummins company. Before Meritor, she served as Chief Legal Officer at Kelly Services, and held senior leadership roles at PSEG, ADT Corporation and Tyco International. Earlier in her career, Lim-Johnson worked at a law firm in New York City and served as deputy attorney general in the Civil Division in New Jersey. She currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.

"Hannah brings a wealth of experience from a number of industry sectors, making her a valuable addition to our organization as we navigate the complex and ever-evolving commercial landscapes ahead of us. She also has a passion for sustainability which aligns with our business. We are very excited to welcome Hannah to our team this month and look forward to her contributions to the organization," Fisher added.

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Ball Corporation supplies innovative, sustainable aluminum packaging solutions for beverage, personal care and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ 21,000 people worldwide and reported 2022 net sales of $15.35 billion. For more information, visit, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter

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