DeLoach joined Sonoco in 1986 as vice president of administration and general counsel. In 1990, he was named vice president of Sonoco’s High Density Film Products Division. In 1993, DeLoach was named vice president of Film, Plastics and Special Products before being promoted to group vice president in October of that year. Over the next decade, he continued to move into higher leadership positions within the company, joining Sonoco’s Board of Directors in 1998. After being named president and CEO in July of 2000, DeLoach was elected Chairman of the Board in April of 2005. He retired as Chief Executive Officer in March 2013 and has been Executive Chairman since that time.
In addition to his role with Sonoco, DeLoach also serves on the Board of Directors for Duke Energy, Milliken & Company and South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Foundation. He is an active trustee for the Duke Endowment, The Palmetto Institute Board and Byerly Foundation.
Previously, DeLoach worked as an attorney for the City of Hartsville and was a Chairman for Hartsville Rotary Club, Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce, Darlington County Bar Association, Coker College Board of Trustees, Thomas Hart Academy Board of Directors, Byerly Hospital and Byerly Foundation Board of Trustees, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, The Palmetto Business Forum. He also served on the Board of Directors for Bank of Hartsville and Darlington County School Board as well as the Bank of America Advisory Board for Hartsville.
DeLoach has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award from Coker College and the Distinguished Alumni Award from University of South Carolina and Moore School of Business. In 2006 he was named Citizen of the Year by the Rotary Club and received the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Pee Dee Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. DeLoach has also received the Townes Award from the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, earned his Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Lander University, and been named Businessman of the Year by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the Hartsville Chamber of Commerce. He was inducted into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame in 2010.