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GEC Packaging Technologies’ John Rooney Named Board Chair

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has elected GEC Packaging Technologies Chief Executive Officer (CEO) John Rooney as the new Board Chair and released its 2018 slate of Board officers. Paper and wood product industry leaders participated in the association’s Winter Board of Directors Meeting in Washington on Jan. 25.

Elected officers are Peter Watson, Greif, Inc. President & CEO (first vice chair), and Mark Sutton, International Paper Company Chairman & CEO (second vice chair). Linda Massman, Clearwater Paper Corporation President and CEO, will serve as immediate past chair.

Beginning new terms as AF&PA Board members in 2018 are Christian Fischer, President & CEO, Georgia-Pacific LLC; Wren Hood, CEO, Hood Container Corporation; Donald Lewis, CEO, Global Professional Hygiene Business, Essity; Brian McPheely, Global CEO, Pratt Industries, Inc.; Jack Sanders, President & CEO, Sonoco Products Company; Robert Snyder, CEO, Twin Rivers Company; Mark Sutton, Chairman & CEO, International Paper Company and John Williams, President & CEO, Domtar.

“The American Forest & Paper Association Board brings a wide range of industry expertise to the table, and I am privileged to lead our members in advancing key advocacy priorities for the coming year,” said Rooney. “Free and fair trade policies, transportation efficiency measures, safeguards for citizens to choose paper-based options for essential federal government communications and deeper regulatory reform rank high on our agenda. We will pursue these priorities in a continuing mission to help our companies grow the economy and create American manufacturing jobs today and for generations to come.”