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Catalyst Appoints Clarke President and CEO

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Catalyst Paper, Richmond, B.C., Canada, announced the appointment of Kevin J. Clarke as president and CEO, effective the beginninig of this week, June 21. Clarke is a seasoned print industry executive bringing nearly three decades of experience with World Color (Quebecor World) to his new role at Catalyst. He replaces Richard Garneau who left the company May 28 to be closer to his family in eastern Canada. The company had named Denis Jean, a director of the board, as the company's interim president and CEO, until Garneau's replacement could be found.

Clarke held executive positions in sales, marketing, and operations and was, most recently, president, Publishing Services Group, where he directed a global organization of 7,500 employees with 20 manufacturing facilities producing one billion books and 1,600 magazine titles. His achievements include major restructuring, market development, plant closure, and startup initiatives. In addition, his background includes an extensive record of business results in revenue growth, technology deployment, strategy development, and cost reduction.

"Kevin's knowledge of the marketplace and his experience in printing and publishing are well-matched with our requirements and will ensure momentum continues as Catalyst transforms its business to keep pace with the very competitive global paper industry," said Catalyst Board Chairman Michel Desbiens.

With six mills located in British Columbia and Arizona, the company has a combined annual production capacity of 2.5 million metric tons.


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