RISI Top 50 Power List 2017

RankPerson/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
43TAPPI Women in Industry/Young Professionals Committees
44 Martyn Eustace, Two Sides
45The Brexit
46The E-commerce Package
47The Good Old-Fashioned Book
48The Digital Transformation
49 Richard Coward, Rigid Containers (part of the VPK Group)
50Chicago 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 grodden@risi.com, or Mark Rushton at mrushton@risi.com, with your own thoughts on who really wields the power in pulp, paper, and packaging.

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

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