Arnaud de Weert has been named as president of O-I North America with the aim of improving productivity, driving down costs and developing new markets.
He will lead the business in the US and Canada, which includes 19 production facilities and nearly 5,200 employees. North American business segment sales in 2011 were more than $1.9bn.
De Weert joins from Constellium where he served as chief operating officer and led multiple business units and has also been president of Europe for Novelis.
De Weert succeeds Miguel Escobar, who is leaving the company on 1 August, to pursue an opportunity in Colombia.
"Arnaud brings a strong international background and a history of accomplishments for the firms in which he has worked," said Al Stroucken, O-I chairman and CEO.