Washington, D.C. 20549


Report of Foreign Private Issuer


Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


For the month of May 2005


Amcor Limited

(Translation of registrant’s name into English)


679 Victoria Street Abbotsford

(Address of principal executive offices)


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant files or will file annual reports under cover Form 20-F or Form 40-F.

Form 20-F  ý  Form 40-F  o


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant by furnishing the information contained in this Form is also thereby furnishing the information to the Commission pursuant to Rule 12g3-2(b) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Yes  ý  No  o


If “Yes” is marked, indicate below the file number assigned to the registrant in connection with Rule 12g3-2(b): 82- 0000869428




Amcor News Release



For release: Thursday, May 12, 2005




Amcor’s Board announces today that it has appointed Mr Ken MacKenzie as its new Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, effective from July 1, 2005, at which time Mr Chris Roberts will revert to the position of non-executive Chairman.


Mr MacKenzie, a 41 year old Canadian national, has had 13 years experience with Amcor working in all the major operating divisions including PET, flexibles, tobacco packaging and closures. He has managed businesses across the Americas, Europe, Australasia and Asia and has lived in North America, Australia and Europe. He is currently the Group Managing Director of the Amcor Rentsch and Closures business, based in Switzerland.


Mr Chris Roberts, Amcor’s Executive Chairman, said: “Ken MacKenzie is a world class executive who fulfils all the key criteria the Board had established.  He has had experience across all our major business segments and understands the packaging industry intimately.  He has had management experience in Europe, Australasia, the Americas and Asia and has an excellent track record in improving earnings and returns in these businesses.


“The selection of the new Managing Director involved a global search and the Amcor Board was pleased with the quality of the external candidates, however it transpired that they could not match Ken MacKenzie as the internal benchmark.”


Amcor’s Managing Director elect, Mr Ken MacKenzie, said: “I am extremely enthusiastic about the opportunity to lead Amcor in this next stage of its development.


“Over the past five years, Amcor has divested its non-core paper based activities and acquired substantial global positions in its chosen market segments.


“With this platform established, it is now appropriate to move from the previous stage of acquisitions and integration to focus on the execution of the key fundamentals that drive excellence in the packaging industry.


Amcor Limited

ABN 62 000 017 372
679 Victoria Street
Abbotsford Victoria 3067  Australia
Tel: 61 3 9226 9000 Fax: 61 3 9226 6500




“I look forward to working with my fellow Amcor colleagues to create an organisation that is a global packaging leader in terms of product innovation and commercial and operational excellence, that will deliver continuous improvement in earnings and returns for our shareholders.”


Mr Chris Roberts, Amcor’s Executive Chairman, said: “The Board has every confidence that Ken Mackenzie will be an excellent Managing Director through the next stage of the company’s development.”


Ken MacKenzie, who is multilingual and currently living in Zurich, Switzerland, will be relocating to Melbourne with his wife and family over the coming months.




For further information please contact:




Chris Roberts

John Murray

Executive Chairman

EGM Corporate Affairs

Ph: +61 3 9226 9001

Ph: +613 9226 9005




Background Information – Mr. Ken MacKenzie








2001 to present


Amcor Rentsch and Closures,



Group Managing Director



Location: Europe



2004 sales A$ 1 billion



2004 EBIT A$ 100 million



Eight tobacco packaging plants and twelve closures plants



located throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas.




1999 to 2001


Amcor Flexibles Australasia,



Group General Manager



Location: Australia



Eight plants in Australia and New Zealand with sales of over



A$300 million.




1997 to 1999


Amcor Containers Packaging Australasia



General Manager, Corporate Sales and Marketing



Location: Australia




1995 to 1997


Amcor PET Packaging



Director, Finance and Administration



Location: North America




1992 to 1995


Amcor PET Packaging



Director, Engineering and Information Technology



Location: North America




1987 to 1992





Management Consultant



Location: North America







Personal Details


Born: Montreal, Canada 1964






Married, with two teenage children.






Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical)



McGill University, Montreal






Interests: Skiing, yachting (Canadian Laser Gold



Medallist 1985)






Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.














(Company Secretary / Group General Counsel)



Date   12/05/2005