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On The Move (February 01, 2009)


February 1, 2009
By Pulp & Paper Canada

JohnD. Williams officially took over as president and chief executive officer of Domtar Corp. on Jan. 1, replacing Raymond Royer, who retired after a 12-year career as the company’s CEO.

JohnD. Williams officially took over as president and chief executive officer of Domtar Corp. on Jan. 1, replacing Raymond Royer, who retired after a 12-year career as the company’s CEO.

Williams comes to Domtar from SCA Packaging Europe, where he served as president since 2005. He is a graduate of King’s College, London University. Prior to becoming president of SCA Packaging Europe, Williams held increasingly senior management and operational positions in the packaging business and related industries.

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Weyerhaeuser Company has elected Charles R. Williamson as non-executive chairman to replace StevenR. Rogel, who plans to retire on April 15. Rogel has served as Weyerhaeuser’s chairman since 1999.

Williamson has been on the board since 2004 and has served as lead director since 2006. He currently chairs the executive committee and serves on the finance and compensation committees. Previously, Williamson was the executive vice president of Chevron Texaco Corporation until he retired in 2005. He has served as chairman and chief executive officer of Unocal Corporation until Chevron Texaco acquired it. He is also a director of Talisman Energy Inc. and PACCAR Inc.

Weyerhaeuser Company also recently announced that Wayne W. Murdy will join its board of directors following the planned retirement of Rt. Hon. Donald F. Mazankowski, who has been a director since 1997. Mazankowski was a member of Parliament from 1968 to 1993, and served as Deputy Prime Minister. He was also Minister of Finance between 1991 and 1993.

Murdy has served as chairman and, since 2001, as chief executive officer of Newmont Mining Corporation until he retired in 2007. Before joining Newmont as chief financial officer in 1992, Murdy spent 15 years in senior positions in the oil and gas industry, including Apache Corporation and Getty Oil Company. He is also a director of Qwest Communications International Inc. Tennessee-based Verso Paper Corp. has appointed Eric Press to its board of directors following the voluntary resignation of Joshua Harris.

Press is a partner of Apollo Management VII, L. P., an affiliate of New York-based private equity firm Apollo Global Management. Before joining Apollo in 1998, Press had been an associate with the law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz from 1992 to 1998, and was also a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group from 1987 to 1989.

In addition to Verso Paper Corp., Press serves on the boards of directors of Affinion Group Inc., Harrah’s Entertainment Inc., Metals USA Inc., Noranda Aluminum Holding Corp. and Quality Distribution Inc.

Dominic Gammiero has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Western Forest Products on an interim basis following the recent resignation of Reynold Hert.

Hert will continue to assist the company in certain areas going forward to ensure an orderly transition.

Gammiero, a Western Director and an executive with 30 years of forest industry and capital market experience, including 10 years in British Columbia, will act as interim president and CEO until a permanent replacement has been found.

Desmond Smith recently joined BRUKS-Rockwood as vice president of the company’s newly-formed BRUKS-Rockwood West Coast office in Snohomish, Wash. Smith has worked in the areas of bulk materials handling, wood chipping, and materials screening for over 24 years, most recently as vice president and general manager of Acrowood Corporation in Everett, Wash. In his new position, he will develop business opportunities in the western USA and Canada, while also supporting the overall sales and marketing efforts of the BRUKSRockwood office in Alpharetta, Ga., and BRUKS group offices in Sweden.


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