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Industry People (May 01, 2006)


May 1, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

After an extended period of poor financial results, Norske Skog CEO JAN OKSUM has been forced from his job. According to a report by the Montreal Gazette, Oksum disagreed with the boa…

After an extended period of poor financial results, Norske Skog CEO JAN OKSUM has been forced from his job. According to a report by the Montreal Gazette, Oksum disagreed with the board’s decision, but conceded to an immediate resignation. VIDAR LERSTAD, senior vice president has been named acting CEO, along with board chairperson LARS WILHELM GROEHOLT, until a successor is found.

Catalyst Paper has announced the appointment of BRIAN KENNING to its board of directors.

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Weyerhaeuser has named KENNETH KHOURY senior vice president and general counsel. He replaces ROBERT A. DOWDY, who will retire next month.

Kimberly-Clark has elected JOHN R. ALM to its board of directors. Alm is the former president and CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises.

GEORGE S. PETTY has passed away. The founder of Tembec and Repap spent a total of 50 years in the pulp and paper industry. The Montreal native died in Key West, FL, as a result of complications associated with a recent kidney transplant.

Sappi CEO JONATHAN LESLIE has resigned from the company. EUGENE VAN AS has assumed executive responsibility for the group until a replacement is found.

UPM-Kymmene has reelected VESA VAINIO as chairman of its board of directors, and elected BERNT BRUNOW and JORMA OLLILA as vice chairmen.

After a two-year hiatus, KELLY WOLFF is returning to Georgia-Pacific’s mill in Green Bay, as manager.

International Paper has elected JOHN L. TOWNSEND III to its board of directors.

Kemira Pulp & Paper Chemicals has named MICHAEL STRAND to head its new Strategic Marketing and Business Development division. JOHAN GRON will assume responsibility for research and development, and manufacturing, purchasing and logistics will be headed by VESA ITKONEN. PAR PANIGRAHI has been appointed vice president, South America.


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