Fastmarkets RISI Top 50 Power List 2017

Rank Person/Company
1  Cheung Yan, Nine Dragons Paper
2  Mark Sutton, International Paper
3  Walter Schalka, Suzano
4  Steve Voorhees, WestRock
5  Cristiano Texeira, Klabin
6  Anthony Pratt, Pratt Industries
7  Teguh Wijaya, APP
8  Peter Oswald, Mondi
9  Marcello Castelli, Fibria
10  Christian Fischer, Georgia-Pacific
11  Tony Smurfit, Smurfit Kappa Group
12  Raymond Lee, Lee & Man
13  Richard Garneau, Resolute Forest Products
14  Li Hongxin, Sun Paper
15  Jussi Pesonen, UPM
16  Mark Kowlzan, Packaging Corporation of America
17  John Williams, Domtar
18  Miles Roberts, DS Smith
19  Kari Jordan, Metsä Group
20  Karl-Henrick Sundström, Stora Enso
21  Magnus Groth, SCA
22  Linda Massman, Clearwater Paper
23  Lars Idermark, Södra
24  Joe Kruger, Kruger
25  Luigi Lazzareschi, Sofidel
26  Steve Binnie, Sappi
27  Mike Grimm, American Eagle Paper
28  Michael Doss, Graphic Packaging
29  John O’Donnell, Neenah Paper
30  Matías Domeyko, Arauco
31  Jan Åström, Ahlstrom-Munksjö
32  Scott Pruitt, US Environmental Protection Agency
33  Eduardo Posada, Grupo Gondi
34  Jane Molony, ICFPA and PAMSA
35  Sylvain Lhôte, CEPI
36  Per Lindberg, BillerudKorsnäs
37  Jim Pattison, Jim Pattison Group
38  Larry Montague, TAPPI
39  Donna Harman, AF&PA
41  Jürgen Heindl, Progroup
42  Birgitta Sunblad, RISE Bioeconomy
43 TAPPI Women in Industry/Young Professionals Committees
44  Martyn Eustace, Two Sides
45 The Brexit
46 The E-commerce Package
47 The Good Old-Fashioned Book
48 The Digital Transformation
49  Richard Coward, Rigid Containers (part of the VPK Group)
50 Chicago Cubs

A Note from the Editors

Looking back through the archives to that first list all those years ago, it seems that in some ways the industry has hardly changed at all when it comes to the leading movers and shakers. In 2008, Teguh Wijaya, chairman of APP, was in the top spot, with the chairwoman of Nine Dragons, Cheung Yan, at Number 4. Those two industry stalwarts are still there in high positions, along with Jussi Pesonen of UPM just a little further down the list. This is really a salute to successful longevity in the remarkable world of pulp and paper.

However, in a lot of ways—as all of us in the business know—the industry has been through dramatic change, with names of prominent people in the industry no longer on this list, and some companies even disappearing all together.

The editors really enjoy putting this list together. As we always say, this is not a scientific study, nor is it a popularity contest; it is purely a ranking put together by the editorial team after speaking to a lot of pulp and paper industry experts from around the world.

Contact Us

As always, we would really like to hear from you as to who we might have missed, or indeed who should not be on the list at all! Contact Graeme Rodden at, or Mark Rushton at, with your own thoughts on who really wields the power in pulp, paper, and packaging.

A printed version of the Fastmarkets RISI Top 50 Power List is available exclusively in the July/August issue of Tappi’s Paper 360 magazine.

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