Tuesday, August 3, 2021
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE: SEE) (the “Company”) today announced that it has received notification from the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) that the previously disclosed investigation has concluded as it relates to the Company. The SEC staff notified Sealed Air that it does not intend to recommend any enforcement action against the Company. Sealed Air is pleased to put this matter behind it.
Separately, the SEC today filed two settled orders arising out of the same investigation for conduct related to the process by which Ernst & Young LLP (“EY”) was selected as Sealed Air’s auditor and related to EY’s independence in connection with its audit of the Company’s financial statements for fiscal year 2015. The SEC issued one order against the Company’s former CFO, William Stiehl, and one order against EY and one current and two former partners of EY. Sealed Air terminated its former CFO in June 2019 and terminated EY’s engagement as auditor in August 2019.
About Sealed Air
Sealed Air is in business to protect, to solve critical packaging challenges, and to leave our world better than we found it. Our solutions and systems include CRYOVAC® brand food packaging, SEALED AIR® brand protective packaging, AUTOBAG® brand automated systems and BUBBLE WRAP® brand packaging. These brands collectively enable a more efficient, secure and less wasteful global food supply chain and enhance commerce through fulfillment and packaging solutions to protect the worldwide movement of goods.
Sealed Air’s industry-leading expertise in science, engineering, and innovation transforms businesses, industries, and consumers’ lives. The company continues to expand its portfolio of next-generation sustainable solutions including packaging materials, automated systems, and smart services to deliver savings and create measurable long-term value.
Sealed Air generated $4.9 billion in sales in 2020 and has approximately 16,500 employees who serve customers in 115 countries. To learn more, visit www.sealedair.com.
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