Tembec announced the departure of Yvon Pelletier, executive vice-president, specialty cellulose and chemical group, and appointed Christian Ribeyrolle as executive vice-president, specialty cellulose.
Ribeyrolle, who holds a chemical engineering degree from l'École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Clermont-Ferrand in France, has been with Tembec for ten years. He joined Tembec in 2003 as manager of the pulp mill in Tartas, France. In 2009, he became senior vice-president, specialty cellulose, and president, Tembec SAS (France).
Under Ribeyrolle's leadership, Tembec has invested more than 50 million euros in the Tartas site, transforming its process and product mix. When Ribeyrolle joined Tembec, specialty cellulose accounted for just 20% of production at Tartas. Today, the Tartas site manufactures 100% specialty cellulose and has become the company's best performing asset.
“Christian has been a tremendous asset in the development of the specialty cellulose component of Tembec's business portfolio," said James Lopez, president and CEO of Tembec.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Yvon Pelletier for his 32 years of service and recognize his commitment to the company during his tenure with Tembec," Lopez stated.
Tembec is the world's second leading producer of specialty cellulose, and manufactures lumber, pulp and paper.