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TAPPI Announces 2011 Officers and Directors Election Results

February 4, 2011
TAPPI announced the results of its elections for 2011 Board Officers and Directors.

Norman F. Marsolan, Ph.D., director, IPST, and chemical engineering professor of the practice, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, will serve as TAPPI chair for a two-year term beginning March 2011. Marsolan was previously director of research & development at International Paper Co. after having held leadership and management assignments in process control, technology and operations.

Thomas J. Garland, president and CEO, PaperWorks Industries Inc., Philadelphia, will serve a two-year term as TAPPI vice chair beginning March 2011. PaperWorks operates 19 locations in the U.S. and Canada, employing more than 1850 people. Garland was most recently executive vice president and general manager of paperboard operations at RockTenn in Norcross, GA.

Three new directors have been elected: Markku Karlsson, senior vice president of Technology, UPM-Kymmene Corp.; Sandra L. LeBarron, director of Environmental, Health and Safety, Finch Papers; and Bob Snyder, president and CEO, Orchids Paper Products Co. The new directors will begin their three-year terms in March 2011.

Karlsson has been the senior vice president, technology for UPM-Kymmene Corp., Finland, since 2005. He is a member of the TAPPI International Research Management Committee and a member of the Agenda 2020 CTO Committee. LeBarron joined Finch Paper LLC in March 2008 as the environmental control manager and has since been promoted to director of environmental, health and safety. She is also currently vice chair of the Empire State TAPPI/NY Canadian PIMA. Snyder has worked in the pulp and paper industry since 1970 and currently serves as president and CEO of Orchids Paper Product Co. in Pryor, OK.

Karlsson, LeBarron and Snyder will join these directors, who will continue to serve on the TAPPI Board: Davide R. Friedman, president, Fibre Tech Packaging Solutions; Robert J. Gallo, president, Voith Paper North America; Jeff Hamilton, director of Manufacturing Services, Sappi Fine Paper N.A.; Chris Luettgen, senior R&E manager/business support/capability leader, Kimberly-Clark Professional Research and Engineering; Larry N. Montague, president and CEO, TAPPI; Thomas E. Rodencal, principle consultant, Water and Process Services, Nalco Co.; and Gary M. Scott, professor and chair, SUNY-ESF.

Former TAPPI board chair Mark R. McCollister of Paperchine Inc. served as chair of the 2011 Nominating Committee. Other committee members included Kathy Buckman Gibson of Buckman; Scott Frasca with Omnova; Charlie Hodges with Port Townsend Paper; Asko Hyttinen with Strategy First; Larry N. Montague with TAPPI; Jeff Pallini with Fosber; Gerry Ring with the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point; Barbara Russell with Sonoco; and non-voting member Norman F. Marsolan with IPST @ Georgia Tech. 

Special thanks went to TAPPI Board members Dr. Vince F. Newberry with Mondi Akrosil LLC and Nicki S. Slusser with International Paper, who complete their terms in March 2011.