Domtar's John Williams Earns Paper Industry Executive Honor

John Williams, President and CEO, Domtar.

Feb 7, 2013 - PaperAge announced that John D. Williams, President and CEO of Domtar, is the recipient of its 26th annual "Executive Papermaker of the Year" award. An exclusive interview with Mr. Williams will be published in the March/April 2013 issue of PaperAge.

PaperAge selects its Executive Papermaker of the Year based on corporate vision, strategic objectives and strong leadership both within the individual's company and in the paper industry as a whole. The award has been an industry tradition since 1988.

Under Williams' leadership, Domtar has made strategic adjustments to its uncoated freesheet paper business and in the manufacture of hardwood, softwood and fluff pulp. In the first quarter of 2012, Williams struck a 15-year paper supply deal with Appleton whereby Domtar will supply Appleton with most of the uncoated base paper the company needs to produce its thermal, carbonless, and other specialty paper products.

But Williams also possesses the vision to see beyond simply paper and pulp. In 2012, Domtar completed two acquisitions to complement its U.S.-based Personal Care business and its flagship brand — Attends — with Attends Europe and the R&D engine EAM Corporation. Working together, the operations will create excellent platforms for growth in the adult incontinence product market on both sides of the Atlantic.

Williams is also no stranger to inviting innovation into the mix. In January 2012, Domtar started up of the world's first nanocrystalline production plant (CelluForce) at its Windsor pulp and paper mill in Quebec. In addition, Domtar currently is in the process of completing the installation of commercial-scale lignin removal capacity — a process that separates and collects lignin from pulping liquor — at its mill in Plymouth, North Carolina.

Williams is also a driving force in establishing the "greenness" of Domtar and safety in the workplace. The company's environmental efforts have been widely recognized in the areas of sustainable forest management as early adopters of Forest Stewardship Council™ certification, for environmental transparency with the award-winning Paper Trail website (www.papertrail.com), and safety with Domtar's Windsor mill receiving PAPTAC's 2012 Safety Leadership Award.

Without a doubt, John Williams and the people of Domtar have earned the distinction of building a well-positioned, forward-thinking company.

For information about Domtar, visit: www.domtar.com.

About John Williams
John Williams has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Domtar since joining the company in 2009. He is also a member of the Board of Directors.

Williams served in senior executive positions for over eight years with SCA Packaging Ltd. and SCA Packaging Europe, Europe's second largest producer of containerboard paper used for the manufacturing of corrugated box products, and served as President of SCA Packaging Europe, from 2005 to December 2008, where he assumed leadership over sales, marketing, finance, operations, manufacturing, distribution, supply chain and human resources.

Prior to joining SCA Packaging, Mr. Williams held a number of increasingly senior positions in sales, marketing, management and operational roles, with Rexam PLC, Packaging Resources, Inc., Huhtamaki, Alberto Culver UK Ltd., and MARS Group.

Mr. Williams is currently a director of Owens Corning, where he also serves as a member of the audit committee and finance committee. He is also a director of the American Forest & Paper Association, and Chairman of the Board of the Montreal Chamber Orchestra.

About PaperAge
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SOURCE: PaperAge