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Sustana Group announces Kevin Richard as new COO


October 18, 2018
By P&PC Staff

October 18, 2018 – Sustana, a manufacturer of sustainable fibres and recycled paper products, has announced that industry expert Kevin Richard has joined its team as chief operating officer.

“The hire of Kevin Richard, an accomplished senior executive and business manager, underscores Sustana’s continued commitment to operational efficiency, high-quality products, sustainable manufacturing operations and responsible business practices,” says Fabian de Armas, Sustana chairman and CEO. “We’re pleased to have Kevin join our team and continue our 137-year history of producing the highest-quality paper and recycled fibres in the industry.”

As COO, Richard is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Saint Jerome paper production and converting facility for Rolland papers in Quebec, as well as Sustana’s recycled fibre operations in Lévis, Quebec and De Pere, Wisconsin. 

Richard brings more than three decades of industry experience to Sustana. He spent 20 years of his career at Mohawk Papers, where he served as president and COO. During his time at Mohawk, Richard was selected as recipient of the Pulp & Paper Safety Association’s 2008 Executive Eagle Award, presented annually to an executive in the paper industry who has made major contributions to safety and health programs within a company. Richard also spent over a decade at International Paper Co. prior to joining Mohawk. Most recently, he served as president and COO of Flambeau River Papers, where he managed all aspects of operations and established an excellent track record in manufacturing management, productivity improvement, new product development, quality improvement, inventory management and reduction, and organizational development.

Richard holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University and attended Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, Columbia University and Harvard Business School.