Sappi Fine Paper North America Announces Leadership Changes

March 9, 2012 - Sappi Fine Paper North America today announced several changes in responsibility amongst its leadership team.

Jennifer Miller has been named Executive Vice President - Coated Business and Chief Sustainability Officer. In her expanded role, Ms. Miller will have profit and loss responsibility for the Company's coated business unit, directly managing operations planning, marketing, logistics, and customer service and will continue to serve as the Company's CSO. Ms. Miller has held various senior executive positions since joining SFPNA in 1996, most recently EVP Strategic Marketing, Coated Business.

Annette Luchene, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will assume responsibility for the company's Lean Six Sigma program. Under her leadership, Ms. Luchene will drive the Lean Six Program to meet cash generation goals through cost and waste reduction, as well as identify new revenue opportunities through process excellence and productivity improvements. Ms. Luchene has served as the Company's CFO since 2004.

Deece Hannigan, formerly Vice President - Fiber Resources, has been named Vice President - Procurement and Fiber Resources. In his expanded role, Mr. Hannigan will lead procurement initiatives to create and sustain competitive advantage across all three business units -- coated, pulp, and release. He will also work with the global business team to ensure the full commercialization of Sappi's announced chemical cellulose conversion at its Cloquet, MN facility. Mr. Hannigan has been serving as Vice President Fiber Resources since 2007 managing the sale and purchase of kraft pulp for the Company.

Commenting on the expanded roles of several members of his executive team, Mark Gardner, President and CEO of Sappi Fine Paper North America stated, "We do not dispute the challenges facing us today in any of our global businesses, but I remain confident that with the right strategy, plans, and focus we will continue to lead our industry. My entire executive team, including Jennifer, Annette, and Deece in their new roles, is focused on exactly that."

SOURCE: Sappi Fine Paper North America