xpedx Names Donel Autin CFO, Steve Bowden Executive VP of Marketing and Strategy
CINCINNATI, OH—August 23, 2011—Donel Autin has been named Chief Financial Officer of xpedx, which is a business of International Paper. Autin will also become a member of the xpedx Senior Lead Team and International Paper’s Finance Lead Team.
Steve Bowden has been named executive vice president, marketing and strategy, xpedx, and will continue as a member of the xpedx Senior Lead Team. Bowden is also a vice president and company officer of International Paper.
In his new leadership position, Autin will have overall responsibility for all financial aspects of the xpedx business. Autin will report jointly to Mary Laschinger, president, xpedx, and Tim Nicholls, chief financial officer, International Paper.
Autin began his career with International Paper in 1995 as a business analyst. In more than 16 years with the company, he has held several finance leadership positions of increasing responsibility, including controller of IP’s Container the Americas business. Notably, Autin led the Container finance team through the company’s $6 billion acquisition and integration of the assets of Weyerhauser’s Containerboard, Packaging and Recycling business in 2008. Most recently, Autin served as IP’s director, finance, Business Process and Reporting.
“Donel is a solid and proven financial leader for our company and his efforts have greatly contributed to the success of our finance redesign work,” said Nicholls.
“xpedx will benefit significantly from Donel’s financial experience and knowledge, so we look forward to him joining our team," said Laschinger. “Donel knows finance very well, but he also knows how to lead people and get results. We expect him to make a major contribution to the success of xpedx.”
Autin has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Finance from Louisiana State University. He will be based at xpedx’s business headquarters in Loveland, Ohio, near Cincinnati
In his new leadership role, Bowden is responsible for leading marketing efforts for xpedx, as well as providing leadership for xpedx’s strategic planning and business development initiatives.
Prior to serving as executive vice president, Bowden was vice president and general manager for xpedx Stores. He has also served in leadership positions for International Paper, including mill manager of the company’s Augusta, GA, mill and product development manager and North American business manager for IP’s Coated Paperboard business. Bowden became a company officer in June 2009.
Bowden began his career with International Paper in 1987 at the former Moss Point, Miss., Mill, where he served for about 12 years in roles of increasing responsibility in the pulp mill, finished products, environmental, health and safety and technical services areas.
Bowden is now based at xpedx’s business headquarters in Loveland, Ohio, near Cincinnati. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Auburn University.
“Steve’s broad experience and insight from a number of areas within xpedx serves our team very well as he leads our marketing and strategy development to improve our sales and earnings performance,” said Mary Laschinger, president, xpedx.
Cincinnati, Ohio-based xpedx, a business of International Paper (NYSE: IP), is one of the largest and premier distribution companies in North America. xpedx distributes a wide variety of print, packaging and facility solutions supplies and equipment to printers, manufacturers, retailers and commercial facilities from about 180 locations across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. For more information about xpedx, its business segments and stewardship efforts visit xpedx.com.