Ball Names Michael Hranicka Executive VP and COO, North American Metal Beverage Packaging Operations

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Aug. 10, 2009- Ball Corporation [NYSE: BLL] announced today that Michael L. Hranicka has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer for the company’s North American metal beverage packaging operations.

Hranicka joined Ball in 2005 and has been senior vice president, sales and marketing, for Ball’s metal food and household products packaging, Americas, business since 2007. Initially he will report to John R. Friedery who has announced his intention to leave the company early in 2010, after which Hranicka will report to John A. Hayes, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Ball Corporation.

“Michael Hranicka has a strong commercial focus and excellent leadership skills,” Hayes said. “His emphasis on being truly close to our customers in all of the ways we interact with them, combined with his disciplined, systematic approach to processes, will serve him and the corporation well in his new position. He and John Friedery will work closely on a smooth transition over the coming months.”

Ball Corporation is a supplier of high-quality metal and plastic packaging for beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 14,000 people worldwide and reported 2008 sales of approximately $7.6 billion. For the latest Ball news and for other company information, please visit