Thomas L. Lange, 314-746-1236
Georgina Giannelli, 312-580-4865

Smurfit-Stone Names Mark R. O'Bryan Vice President, Purchasing

CHICAGO, September 30, 1999 -- Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation (Nasdaq: SSCC) has named Mark R. O'Bryan vice president, purchasing. He will be based in Chicago and report to Ray M. Curran, president and chief executive officer.

O'Bryan joined Smurfit-Stone after 13 years with General Electric Corporation. For the past six years, he has held senior level positions in sourcing and materials management at several GE manufacturing businesses. Most recently, O'Bryan was manager of global materials and sourcing for GE Aircraft Engines in Evendale, OH. Prior to that, he held similar posts with GE Plastics in Pittsfield, MA, and a GE Power Systems operation in Florence, Italy.

His role at Smurfit-Stone will be to integrate and organize the sourcing and materials management activities for the company.

"We are pleased to have someone with Mark's experience in this important post," said Curran. "It is essential that we bring current best practices in materials management to Smurfit-Stone so that we can gain the full synergy potential inherent in the merger."
O'Bryan holds BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Dayton. He and his family will relocate to Chicago from the Cincinnati area.

Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation was formed on November 18, 1998 as a result of the merger of Jefferson Smurfit Corporation and Stone Container Corporation. The company is the industry's leading manufacturer of paper and paperboard-based packaging, including containerboard, corrugated containers, industrial bags, and claycoated recycled boxboard; and is the world's largest paper recycler. In addition, Smurfit-Stone is a leading producer of folding cartons, paper tubes and cores, and labels. The company operates about 300 facilities worldwide and employs more than 30,000.

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