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International Paper reveals name of global papers spinoff company

August 9, 2021  By P&PC Staff

International Paper has announced the name of its new global papers spinoff organization: Sylvamo Corporation.

Sylvamo will be headquartered in Memphis, Tenn.

The name speaks to the company’s connection to trees and highlights its role as a steward of sustainable forests, says International Paper in a statement.


Sylvamo combines the Latin words for forest, “silva,” and love, “amo.” Company leaders translate this unique combination as “love of forests.”

Sylvamo, currently a subsidiary of International Paper, will be governed by a nine-member board with eight independent directors. Jean-Michel Ribiéras, senior vice president, global papers, will serve as the company’s chair and chief executive officer.

Each director will bring significant talent and experience, including expertise in basic materials, spinoffs, finance, strategy, human resources, international operations, legal and senior leadership roles:

Stan Askren spent the majority of his 36-year career at HNI Corporation, where he served as chair, president and chief executive officer. He also serves on the boards of Allison Transmission Holdings and Armstrong World Industries.

Christine Breves currently serves as senior vice president and chief financial officer of United States Steel. During her 43-year career, she served in a variety of senior executive roles and has extensive experience in procurement, supply chain, manufacturing and business transformation.

Jeanmarie Desmond retired from DuPont de Nemours, Inc. in 2020 after a 31-year career. She most recently served as executive vice-president and chief financial officer. Desmond also serves on the boards of IPG Photonics and Trinseo.

Lizanne Gottung retired from Kimberly-Clark Corporation in 2017 after a 36-year career. She served as chief human resources officer for 15 years. Gottung also serves on the board of Louisiana-Pacific Corporation.

Joia Johnson spent a substantial portion of her 36-year career with Hanesbrands Inc. before retiring this year. She served as chief administrative officer, general counsel and corporate secretary, and in other executive leadership roles. Johnson also serves on the boards of Global Payments, Inc. and Regions Financial Corporation.

David Petratis currently serves as chair, president and chief executive officer of Allegion plc, where he led the company’s spinoff in 2013. He has extensive experience in manufacturing and operations, global commercial markets and strategy development, serving in a variety of leadership positions throughout his 40-year career.

Jean-Michel Ribiéras currently serves as senior vice-president, global papers, at International Paper, where he spent the majority of his 35-year paper and packaging career. He will serve as Sylvamo’s chair and chief executive officer.

Paul Rollinson currently serves as president and chief executive officer of Kinross Gold, where he also serves on the company’s board. He has extensive international experience in mining, forestry, power and utilities and industrial sectors during his 30-year career.

James Zallie currently serves as president and chief executive officer of Ingredion, where he also serves on the company’s board. He has extensive operating, manufacturing and leadership experience throughout his 38-year career.

“We believe it is critical to have a world-class board of directors as we set off on our mission to transform renewable resources into papers that people depend on for education, communication and entertainment,” Ribiéras says. “We are proud of the talented, experienced and diverse team that will guide us as an independent company.”

In December 2020, International Paper announced plans to spin its global papers business into a separate, publicly traded company in late 2021. The spinoff is subject to final approval by the International Paper board of directors.

Sylvamo will employ approximately 7,000 people in Europe, Latin America and North America.

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