RISI Releases Its ‘Top 50 Power List’ for 2012; Domtar CEO Tops the List

BOSTON—July 9, 2012—RISI, the leading information provider for the forest products industry, has unveiled its “Top 50 Power List for 2012.” This year, Domtar President and CEO John Williams was named to the top spot. Through his leadership, Williams has positioned Domtar as a company with great innovative vision.

Teguh Ganda Wijaya, chairman of Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), and John Faraci, chairman and CEO of International Paper, were selected for the second and third positions, respectively.

Now in its fifth year, the “RISI Top 50 Power List” details the 50 people, organizations and developments that have been influential in shaping the course of the global pulp and paper industry over the year. The list is based on nominations from RISI’s editors, engineers and economists, as well as from professionals and experts from within the industry.

Rounding out the top 10 on the list are:

  • Jussi Pesonen, CEO of UPM,
  • Antonio Maciel Neto, CEO of Suzano,
  • Ralph Boëttger, CEO of Sappi,
  • James Rubright, CEO of RockTenn,
  • Li Hongxin from Sun Paper,
  • Fabio Schvartsman, CEO of Klabin, and
  • Cheung Yan from Nine Dragons.

“While the ‘2012 Power List’ contains many familiar names, we also have up and comers such as Klabin’s Schvartsman, as well as the offbeat,” says Graeme Rodden, executive editor of Pulp & Paper International magazine. “In one way or another, they have all made a significant impact on the industry.”

Two surprise inclusions were the London 2012 Olympics, based on the organizer’s decision to use a U.S.-based company to print all the tickets, and Starbucks Coffee for its massive recycling initiative. Greece’s continuing economic woes, the upcoming U.S. presidential election and the iPad 3 were also selected for this year’s list.

”Electronic media continues to impact the industry, but world events have a place too, sometimes positive and sometimes negative,” explains Rodden. “And paper packaging is becoming more and more important to the industry as it becomes clear that consumers are accepting it as the way forward in the fight to protect the environment.”

To see the complete “Top 50 Power List” for 2012, read the July issue of Pulp & Paper International magazine or visit the RISI website.

About RISI

Owned by UBM plc, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange, RISI is the leading information provider for the global forest products industry. The company works with clients in the pulp and paper, wood products, timber, biomass, tissue, nonwovens, printing and publishing industries to help them make better decisions. Headquartered in Boston, RISI operates additional offices throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.

Source: RISI.

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