Anthony Pratt is the Executive Global Chairman of Pratt Industries / Visy, which together form the world’s largest privately-owned packaging, paper and recycling company.
The group employs more than 10,000 people in the USA and a further 5,000 in Australasia at more than 200 factories and sites. Annual sales exceed $6 billion U.S combined.
Pratt has grown from America’s 45th biggest corrugated producer to the 5th, and in 2016 Anthony was named the “North American Packaging CEO of the Year” by a prestigious industry association.
In 2020, he was again acknowledged by his peers when he was honored with PaperAge’s “Executive Papermaker of the Year” award.
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 into a billion-dollar company, which now employs more US citizens than any other Australian company.
In May 2017, he pledged to invest a further $2 billion in American manufacturing and job creation over the next 10 years.
Anthony is also a recognized environmental leader and global food security advocate who each year sponsors the influential Global Food Forum in the USA in partnership with the Wall Street Journal.
Anthony is also a leading philanthropist. Over the years, the family’s Pratt Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to charities in more than 20 countries and in 2018 announced he would give away another $1 billion in his lifetime. Anthony divides his time between Melbourne and New York City.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
On July 1, 2014 Brian McPheely was named Global CEO and is now responsible for VISY in Australia and Pratt Industries in the USA. McPheely also served as Chief Executive Officer of Pratt Industries, Inc. (appointed in 2009) with responsibility for all aspects of the North American operations including containerboard, corrugated products, product development, technology and recycling.
McPheely began his career in the packaging industry as a sales representative, and 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 1990’s. McPheely served as President of the Georgia Box Division from 1995-1999. He then joined Pratt’s parent company VISY in Australia as General Manager of Specialty Packaging until returning to the United States as Chief Operating Officer of Pratt Industries in 2004.
In addition to his responsibilities at Pratt Industries, McPheely is currently Chair of the Paper Recycled Coalition, and is on the Board of the AF&PA. He also serves on the Board of Directors of his alma mater, Albion College.
McPheely earned a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Economics-Management and Visual Arts from Albion College in Albion, Michigan. He and his wife Jan are residents of Georgia and have three grown children.
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.