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Biography PhotoGeorge M. Smart

George M. Smart was elected to Ball Corporation’s board of directors in 2005. He is chairman of the board, FirstEnergy Corp., of Akron, Ohio.

Mr. Smart is former president of Sonoco-Phoenix, Inc.; past chairman of the board and president of Phoenix Packaging Corporation; and past president and chief executive officer of Central States Can Co., a division of Van Dorn Company.

Mr. Smart joined Van Dorn Company in 1969 as a staff assistant. He was a sales representative for Central States Can Co., from 1970 until 1976, when he was named director of marketing. He served as president and CEO from 1978 to 1993.

He is the former chairman of the Can Manufacturers Institute. Past directorships include Unizan Financial Corp. in Canton, Ohio; Commercial Intertech Corporation; Belden & Blake Corporation; and Van Dorn Company.

Mr. Smart earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Defiance College, Defiance, Ohio, in 1967 and a master of business administration degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1969.

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