Anthony Pratt is Global Chairman of Pratt/Visy Industries, one of the world’s largest privately-owned packaging, paper and recycling companies.
Pratt Industries employs 4000 people in the USA and a further 5500 in Australasia. Group sales exceed $US3 billion. Pratt has been named Australia’s leading company for environmental performance four times since 2000.
Anthony graduated from Monash University, Melbourne, with a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) in 1983. After graduation he joined the consulting firm of McKinsey & Co, before joining Visy.
In 1991 he moved to the United States to spearhead the family’s business expansion into America, where he built Pratt Industries USA into a billion-dollar company which now employs more US citizens than any other Australian company.
In 2007 he made a commitment at President Clinton’s Global Initiative in New York City to invest $1 billion in clean energy and recycling infrastructure over the next 10 years.
Anthony is firmly committed to environmental causes, and he and the company have been honored by environmental leaders such as former Vice President Al Gore, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Ted Turner, the Climate Group and Global Green for spreading the word that recycling is an important weapon against climate change.
Anthony also sits on the National Board of the Muhammad Ali Museum and Education Center in Louisville, Kentucky, and is active in numerous charity organizations throughout the US and Australia.
He divides his time between Melbourne and Atlanta, where Visy and Pratt are headquartered respectively, with his partner Claudine Revere and their two children.
Chief Executive Officer
Brian McPheely began his career in the packaging industry as a sales representative. He later held increasingly responsible positions in sales, marketing, manufacturing and general management with The Georgia Box Group, which was acquired by Pratt Industries in the mid-1990s. Brian served as President of the Georgia Box Division from 1995-1999 before leaving to serve Visy Industries in Australia as General Manager of Specialty Packaging. He returned to the United States as Pratt’s Chief Operating Officer in 2004 and in 2009 was named Chief Executive Officer with responsibility for all aspects of the North American company including containerboard, corrugated products, technology and recycling.
Brian earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Management and Visual Arts from Albion College in Albion, Michigan.
President, Pratt Holdings
Gary Byrd is the President of Pratt Holdings, the parent company for all of Pratt’s interests in the United States. Gary started his career with Security Pacific Bank, and during his thirteen years at the bank held a variety of positions, including Chairman of the Senior Loan Committee, Head of the Leveraged Buyout Group and Head of the Mergers and Acquisitions Group. Gary joined Pratt Industries in 1988 as Director of Acquisitions, spearheading the growth objective for Pratt’s packaging efforts in the U.S. He also served as Chief Financial Officer before becoming President and CEO of the U.S. operation in 1995.
Gary earned a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California at Los Angeles. He serves on the boards of the Pratt U.S. and Australian companies, and is an Advisory Director of Adacel Systems.
Chief Operating Officer
David Dennis is Chief Operating Officer of Pratt Industries, a position he assumed in January 2014. He is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company with all division presidents reporting directly to him. Prior to his promotion, David was Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for Pratt, leading the company’s overall sales and marketing strategies for sustainable packaging solutions since joining the company in late 2007. Prior to joining Pratt, David served as Director of North American Sales for Sonoco Products Company. His 24-year tenure with Sonoco included an array of sales and operations executive leadership positions throughout North America. Throughout his career, David has been recognized for his innovative strategies with talent management, solution-focused sales methodologies, and aggressive profitable sales growth.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management from Clemson University.
David resides in Atlanta with his wife and two daughters.