RockTenn's Jim Rubright Named to Industry Power List
Aug. 27, 2009 - RockTenn said that its chairman and CEO, Jim Rubright, has been named by RISI as one of the 50 most powerful people in the global pulp and paper industry in 2009.
RISI's second annual “Power List” appeared in the July issue of Pulp and Paper International (PPI), which is a RISI publication.
In August, Rubright was also nominated as a Top Five Finalist in the category of 2009 Global CEO of the Year, for the annual PPI Awards, to be held in Munich, Germany this October.
The Power List is based on nominations from RISI's editors, engineers and economists, as well as from professionals and experts from within the industry. This year's List is an international representation of not only pulp and paper industry producers, but also leading figures from all parts of the paper industry supply chain, such as representatives from suppliers, labor, associations, government, non-governmental organizations and analysts.
In addition to the aforementioned distinctions, Rubright was named 2009 Executive Papermaker of the Year by PaperAge, the leading industry publication for paper industry professionals, and 2008 RISI North American CEO of the Year by RISI. He served in 2007 as Chairman of the Board of the American Forest & Paper Association, the national trade association of the forest, pulp, paper, paperboard and wood products industry.
Rubright is a director of AGL Resources, Inc., an energy company, and Forestar Real Estate Group, Inc., a real estate and natural resources company.
Before joining RockTenn, Rubright served as executive vice president of Sonat, Inc., a diversified energy company headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. At Sonat, he was the head of Sonat’s interstate natural gas pipeline and energy services businesses.
RockTenn is one of North America’s leading manufacturers of paperboard, containerboard, consumer and corrugated packaging, and merchandising displays, with annual net sales of approximately $2.8 billion. The company operates locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Argentina.