Catalyst Appoints Johnston VP, Technical Services

Catalyst Paper, Richmond, B.C., Canada, has appointed Brian Johnston to the position of VP, technical services. Most recently serving as VP, operations, this new assignment will leverage Johnston's extensive industry background as the company intensifies its focus on manufacturing consistency and efficiency.

"Brian's experience and knowledge of all of our operating assets and technologies will enable the business to ensure appropriate procedures, processes, and resources are fully deployed in each mill and functioning at a level that delivers maximum productivity and reliability," said Catalyst president and CEO Kevin J. Clarke. "His technical expertise will also be instrumental in the efficient deployment of major capital projects such as the federally funded boiler upgrade at Powell River."

Johnston has held a range of leadership assignments at Catalyst since joining the company in 1994 and brings more than 25 years of coast-to-coast mill experience to his new role. Pending completion of the search for a new head of manufacturing, mill operations will report to the president.

Catalyst Paper manufactures specialty printing papers, newsprint, and pulp. It operates four mills located in British Columbia and Arizona, with a combined annual production capacity of 1.9 million metric tons.