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June 11, 2013

MeadWestvaco Chairman and CEO John A. Luke Jr. Elected to Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Board of Trustees

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation board of trustees has elected John A. Luke Jr., chairman and CEO of MeadWestvaco Corporation (MWV), a global packaging company headquartered in Richmond, to serve as a trustee of the Foundation.

“I am honored to join the Colonial Williamsburg community and serve as trustee,” said John A. Luke Jr. “The rich story that continues to live on in Williamsburg plays a vital role in preserving Virginia’s place as a top destination for history lovers and tourists of every kind. As a student of history and a proud supporter of Virginia, it’s a privilege to be a part of this great American institution.”

Mr. Luke’s career with MWV spans more than 30 years and includes a variety of leadership roles. He has been chairman and chief executive officer since a 2002 merger between Mead and Westvaco, which he led for almost a decade prior. He began his career with the Procter & Gamble Company, following service as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He graduated from Lawrence University and earned a master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Luke serves as a board member of several corporations and professional associations including The Bank of New York Mellon, The Timken Company, FM Global, the National Association of Manufacturers, the American Forest and Paper Association and the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. He also is a trustee of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Virginia Commonwealth University, and sits on the board of governors of The Community Foundation serving Richmond and Central Virginia.

“John Luke brings an impressive record of professional accomplishment and a deep commitment to public service to his role as a trustee of the Foundation,” said Colin G. Campbell, president and CEO of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. “John’s global business experience will advance our efforts to position Colonial Williamsburg as a center for history and citizenship, adding strength and stature to Colonial Williamsburg’s governing board. We welcome him as a trustee.”

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