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15. JUSSI PESONEN
UPM
Looks like all the right decisions have been
made when it comes to growth initiatives as profits soar at UPM. Under Pesonen's leadership, the
Biofore company has flourished in focused areas
such as labels and specialty papers, while it carefully manages the decline in graphic paper demand. The company
continues to have ambitions in biofuels for transport, which have
always been a central part of the Biofore strategy. On the pulp front,
UPM is moving ahead on negotiations for another giant mill development in Uruguay. The company already has a 1.3 million tpy bleached
eucalyptus mill in Fray Bentos, Rio Negro.
16. MARK KOWLZAN
PACKAGING CORPORATION OF AMERICA
Kowlzan must be doing something right. He
was named the 2017 TAPPI/PIMA Executive of
the Year and he also captured RISI's 2017 North
American CEO of the Year. What did the analysts
say? With Kowlzan in charge, PCA "has continued
to put up best-in-class margins and expand their converting presence. They have maintained a strong balance sheet and with stock
at all-time highs are poised for another growth step." In the past
year, PCA acquired several independent converters that increased
its containerboard-to-box integration and added containerboard
capacity as part of a conversion project at its DeRidder, LA, mill.
17. JOHN WILLIAMS
DOMTAR
Under Williams' guidance, the company established a strong presence in the personal care and
fluff pulp sectors. Now, North America's largest
uncoated freesheet (UFS) paper producer will
push more heavily into making specialty papers,
including for labels and food service packaging. The company makes
specialties at five of its 12 paper mills. Domtar remains a favorite
among the financial analysts. As one noted, "While the company's
3 million tpy uncoated free sheet business will no doubt take a step
or two backwards this year, the company's now 2 million ton softwood-based paper-grade and fluff pulp business will take several
leaps forward."
18. MILES ROBERTS
DS SMITH
As we were putting together the Power List for this year, breaking
news came in that DS Smith has signed an agreement to acquire
Interstate Resources in its first major move into the US corrugated
box market. London-based DS Smith has proposed to pay US$920
million for 80 percent of the private, family-owned US company's
equity and US$226 million for 100 percent of its debt, which would
value the entire company at US$1.38 billion. This major acquisition
under Roberts' leadership signals that it is very much "business as
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usual" at DS Smith, with organic and acquisitional growth going
hand-in-hand. In the first half of the year the company acquired Creo
in the UK and Deku-Pack in Denmark, and has recently announced
the acquisition of France-based packaging provider DPF Groupe. On
the organic growth side, DS Smith recently announced it will install a
new, state-of-the-art containerboard machine at its Lucca mill in Italy.
19. KARI JORDAN
METSÄ GROUP
This will be the last full year with Jordan at the
helm of the Metsä Group-he is set to retire on
April 1, 2018, with Ilkka Hämälä (current CEO of
Metsä Fibre) to take over the top position. Jordan
has done a remarkable job in the transformation
of the Metsä Group, which started in 2005, and leaves the company
in great shape with the giant Äänekoski bioproduct mill set to start
up shortly, the packaging side of the business in good order with
increased capacity, and the successful exiting of all woodfree paper
production complete. Last year Jordan won both the RISI European
CEO of the Year and Global CEO of the Year awards.
20. KARL-HENRICK SUNDSTRÖM
STORA ENSO
Sundström recently commented that Stora Enso started 2017 showing some promise as it continues to transform into a "renewable
materials" company. In Q1, sales increased for the first time since
2012, mainly due to the ramp-ups of Beihai consumer board, and the
Murów and Varkaus mills. The company recently scrapped plans to
build a new 500,000 metric tpy recycled containerboard machine at
its Ostoleka mill in Poland following a feasibility study.
21. MAGNUS GROTH
SCA
SCA has been much in the news lately as it has cleared the way to
split into two listed companies: SCA, which will be a forest products
company; and Essity, a hygiene and health company. The split aims
to increase the value for shareholders in the long-term through
increased focus, customer value, and development opportunities.
Groth has been named as president and CEO of Essity. SCA recently
rebuffed a SEK 200 billion (US$22.23 billion) offer for its hygiene
business from a consortium of private equity companies.
22. LINDA MASSMAN
CLEARWATER PAPER
Massman is working hard to grow Clearwater in tissue consumer
products, namely private label. The firm is ranked as the second
largest private label tissue paper producer in North America. Her
approach has been noteworthy, with a large energy project that
is expected to greatly help reduce the company's mill production
costs at its largest complex in Lewiston, ID, as well as the February
announcement of a planned second TAD tissue machine in Shelby,
NC. The company also has pushed forward using new technology for
converting tissue automation.
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Setpoint
Over the Wire
Euroports Extends Its Reach
Ensuring a Tight Load
Riding the Rails
Trailer Flooring Makes a Difference in Paper Roll Transport
Top 50 Power List
CEPI’s New Director General: ‘A Remarkable Industry'
Värö’s Expansion for the Future
Model Behavior: Understanding Virtual Process Integration
Mondi Štĕtí Chooses Direct Drive Technology
The Knowledge Trail
TAPPI Journal Summaries
How Does China’s Containerboard Market Compare to the US?
Industry Trends in Graphic Paper
Will China Ban Mixed Paper Imports?
TAPPI News
ASPI News
Index of Advertisers
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Paper360 - July/August 2017 - CEPI’s New Director General: ‘A Remarkable Industry'
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Paper360 - July/August 2017 - Värö’s Expansion for the Future
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Paper360 - July/August 2017 - Model Behavior: Understanding Virtual Process Integration
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Paper360 - July/August 2017 - Mondi Štĕtí Chooses Direct Drive Technology
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Paper360 - July/August 2017 - The Knowledge Trail
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Paper360 - July/August 2017 - TAPPI Journal Summaries
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Paper360 - July/August 2017 - How Does China’s Containerboard Market Compare to the US?
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Paper360 - July/August 2017 - Industry Trends in Graphic Paper
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Paper360 - July/August 2017 - Will China Ban Mixed Paper Imports?
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