AbitibiBowater Names Richard Evans as Chairman

Jan 22, 2009 - AbitibiBowater Inc. said that Richard B. Evans has been named Chairman of the Board of Directors of the company, effective February 1, 2009.

Evans is currently a director of AbitibiBowater and a member of the Board of Directors of Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Ltd. He has recently announced his retirement from the Rio Tinto Boards, effective in April.

Additionally, Evans is chief executive of Rio Tinto Alcan until February 1, 2009, when he will retire from this role. He is the former CEO of Alcan Inc., current chairman of the board of the International Aluminium Institute and past chairman of the U.S. Aluminum Association, and a director of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.

A graduate of Oregon State University with a Bachelor's degree in engineering, Evans also holds a Master's in management from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He and his wife have been residents of Montreal, Canada since 2001.

AbitibiBowater also announced that John W. Weaver has resigned as non-Executive Chair of AbitibiBowater, effective February 1, 2009. To permit an orderly transition, he will remain as a director but will not stand for re-election at the company's next Annual Stockholders' Meeting.

Additionally, Gordon D. Giffin will retire from the Board of Directors, effective immediately. Giffin has served on AbitibiBowater's Audit, and Environment, Health and Safety committees. He is a senior partner with the law firm McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP.

SOURCE: AbitibiBowater, Inc.

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