International Paper plans retirements, mill shutdowns
International Paper (IP) announced several retirements
and new assignments among its senior management.
Wayne Brafford, senior vice president, Printing and Communications
Papers, announced his retirement, effective December
31, 2009. With Brafford’s retirement, Mark Sutton, currently
senior vice president of global supply chain, will become
senior vice president, Printing and Communications Papers,
the Americas. Sutton began his career with IP in 1984
and also has served as vice president of European Container,
vice president of strategic planning and senior vice
president of global supply chain.
Mike Balduino, senior vice president, Consumer Packaging,
and Tom Gestrich, senior vice president and president,
IP Asia, also announced their retirements, effective
December 31, 2009. With their retirements, Tom Kadien,
currently senior vice president and president, xpedx,
will become senior vice president, Consumer Packaging
and IP Asia. Kadien has been with IP more than 30 years
and has held additional leadership positions in the company’s
papers and IP Europe businesses.
Mary Laschinger, currently senior vice president and
president, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia, will
become senior vice president and president, xpedx. Laschinger
has been with IP since 1992 and has held leadership positions
in specialty papers, pulp and wood products.
Maximo Pacheco, currently senior vice president and president
of IP Brazil and Latin America, will become senior vice
president and president, IP Europe, Middle East, Africa
and Russia. Pacheco has been with the company since 1994
and also has held executive leadership roles in Carter
Holt Harvey Chile as well as IP Latin America.
International Paper shuts down three mills
International Paper also announced plans to close its
paper mill and associated operations in Franklin, Virginia,
and its containerboard mills in Pineville, Louisiana,
and Albany, Oregon. The company announced it would permanently
shut down the previously idled No. 3 machine at its Valliant,
Oklahoma, containerboard mill. The Valliant Mill’s other
two machines will continue to operate. These permanent
shutdowns will reduce the company’s North American paper
and board capacity by 2.1 million tons.
The closures, which will impact about 1,600 employees,
will result in permanent North American capacity reductions.
Following these permanent shutdowns, International Paper
will have approximately 10 million tons of North American
containerboard capacity, 2.6 million tons of North American
uncoated freesheet production capacity, and 1.7 million
tons of North American coated paperboard capacity.