Deba Mukherjee Succeeds Joe Raccuia as President and CEO of Finch Paper

Deba Mukherjee

May 28, 2013 - Finch Paper LLC said that Joseph F. Raccuia on May 24 stepped down as President & CEO. He is succeeded by Debabrata Mukherjee, Ph.D., who has served as vice president and general manager of specialty papers for P.H. Glatfelter since 2008.

Raccuia joined Finch Paper in February 2009, after retiring as president and CEO of SCA Tissue-North America.

Andrew M. Bursky, chairman of Atlas Holdings LLC, which co-owns Finch Paper with Blue Wolf Capital Management LLC, said, “Joe Raccuia assumed the leadership of Finch Paper at a pivotal time, bringing energy, innovation and excitement to the Finch brand. He streamlined the operation, built an excellent management team, launched new products, and positioned the company for growth. We are indebted to Joe for his contributions to the business, we thank him for his service, and we wish him the very best as he begins the next chapter of his life.”

Dr. Mukherjee has strong ties to the Capital Region. He earned both a Doctorate and Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy. He joins Finch after a 15-year career with paper manufacturer P.H. Glatfelter in York, Penn., which in 2012 had $1.6 billion in sales.

“I am honored and excited by the opportunity to lead Finch Paper,” Dr. Mukherjee said. “As a senior executive at Glatfelter, I have known Finch as a formidable innovator with an outstanding reputation for quality products and unrivaled customer responsiveness. Now I look forward to leading this team and building upon its record of success, particularly in the areas of digital and specialty papers. Adding to my excitement is the opportunity to return to a region where I once lived and studied and where I set in motion the chain of events that led me to my chosen career.”

After joining Glatfelter as digital products manager in 1998, Dr. Mukherjee earned a steady series of promotions to specialty products manager in 2000; North American general sales manager, engineered products in 2002; director, engineered products in 2004; division vice president, engineered and converting products in 2006; and vice president and general manager, specialty papers in 2008.

In his most recent role, Dr. Mukherjee led a business unit with more than $900 million in worldwide sales and six North American locations. Under his leadership, the operating profit of the specialty papers unit increased by 98%, and the business achieved a consistent record of generating more than 50% of its revenue from new products.

Dr. Mukherjee’s expertise in chemical engineering has made him a globally recognized leader in new product innovation. He jointly holds three patents related to inkjet printing technologies and has been widely published in a number of scientific publications.

Before earning master’s and doctorate degrees from RPI, Dr. Mukherjee earned a Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kharagpur, India. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from York College of Pennsylvania, School of Business. Dr. Mukherjee and his wife, Anindita, and son, Swarnava, will be relocating to the Greater Capital region.

Finch Paper manufactures more than 255,000 tons per year of uncoated printing papers for corporate marketing materials, direct mail, book publishing, transactional documents and business office use. The company’s forestry division, Finch Forest Management, employs a team of five professional foresters who help landowners large and small achieve sustainable forestry goals including improved forest health, enhanced recreational opportunities, third-party certification and reduced ownership costs. For more information, visit www.finchpaper.com.

SOURCE: Finch Paper LLC