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Domtar President, CEO Williams Elected Chairman of AF&PA

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John Williams, President and CEO of Domtar, Montreal, Que., Canada, has been elected chairman of the AF&PA (Washington, D.C., USA, board, along with the 2014 slate of AF&PA board officers. Williams (photo) has served as Domtar’s president and CEO since January 2009 and has more than 30 years of experience in the consumer products and packaging industry. He began his career in consumer product sales in 1976, working in both the U.K. and the U.S.

"I am honored to serve an industry that I have spent many years promoting, and I’m optimistic about the future of AF&PA and its member companies," said Williams. "Collectively, we have a strong voice and presence, both around the globe and on Capitol Hill, and I look forward to the challenges that this year brings."

AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman noted that "John’s extensive experience working on the consumer side of the business will provide a unique perspective as we look at issues affecting the industry, and I look forward to working with him to advance our policy objectives this year,"

Also elected to officer positions by the AF&PA board are First Vice Chairman Mark Gardner, president and CEO of Sappi Fine Paper North America, and Second Vice Chairman Mark Kowlzan, CEO of Packaging Corp. of America. Chairman, President, and CEO of Graphic Packaging David Scheible will serve as the immediate past chairman.

Beginning terms as members of the AF&PA Board of Directors in 2014 are: Richard Arnold, Old Town Fuel & Fiber; Roger Hagan, Port Townsend Paper Co.; Debabrata Mukherjee, Ph.D., Finch Paper; and Peter G. Watson, Greif Inc.


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