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Graphic Packaging's Michael Doss Named Executive Papermaker of the Year

Michael Doss, President and Chief Executive Officer of Graphic Packaging Holding Company.

March 8, 2018 - PaperAge announced that Mike Doss, President and Chief Executive Officer of Graphic Packaging Holding Company is the recipient of PaperAge's 31st annual "Executive Papermaker of the Year" award. An exclusive interview with Mr. Doss will be published in the March/April 2018 issue of PaperAge magazine.

In October of 2017, Doss announced the forming of a new partnership comprised of Graphic Packaging's existing businesses and International Paper's North America Consumer Packaging business, whereas Graphic Packaging would own 79.5 percent of the partnership and will be the sole operator, while IP would own 20.5 percent of the partnership. The combination was completed on Jan. 1, 2018.

"We are very enthusiastic about the platform for future growth created by this combination and expect the transaction will significantly increase our mill production and converting scale," said Doss. “The combination meaningfully increases our exposure to the growing foodservice market, provides significant runway to realize synergies, and will drive strong financial results."

IP's business includes two SBS mills located in Augusta, Georgia and Texarkana, Texas with annual production capacity of 1.2 million tons of SBS, three converting facilities in the U.S. and one in the U.K., with the capacity to convert 250,000 tons of SBS paperboard into over 24 billion units of paper-based cups and cylindrical containers.

Also in 2017, Graphic Packaging closed the acquisitions of three folding carton producers: Carton Craft (USA), Norgraft (Spain), and Seydaco (Canada). The deals follow Graphic Packaging's acquisition strategy to grow its folding carton volume in attractive geographies and end-markets, improve its cost position, and increase its mill to converting plant integration levels over time.

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.

Bio - Michael Doss

Michael P. Doss (June 1966) is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Graphic Packaging Holding Company. Prior to January 1, 2016, Doss held the position of President and Chief Operating Officer from May 20, 2015 through December 31, 2015, and Chief Operating Officer from January 1, 2014 until May 19, 2015. Prior to these positions, he served as the Executive Vice President, Commercial Operations of Graphic Packaging Holding Company. Prior to this, Mr. Doss held the position of Senior Vice President, Consumer Packaging Division.

Prior to March 2008, Doss served as Senior Vice President, Consumer Products Packaging of Graphic Packaging Corporation since September 2006. From July 2000 until September 2006, he was the Vice President of Operations, Universal Packaging Division.

Doss was Director of Web Systems for the Universal Packaging Division prior to his promotion to Vice President of Operations.

Since joining Graphic Packaging International Corporation in 1990, Doss has held positions of increasing management responsibility, including plant manager at the Gordonsville, Tennessee and Wausau, Wisconsin plants. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Marketing and a Master of Business Administration in Finance, both from Western Michigan University. He is also a graduate of Harvard University's General Manager Program.

About Graphic Packaging

Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE: GPK), headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is a leading provider of paper-based packaging solutions for a wide variety of products to food, beverage, foodservice, and other consumer product companies. The company operates on a global basis, is one of the largest producers of folding cartons and paper-based foodservice products in the United States, and holds leading market positions in solid bleached sulfate paperboard, coated unbleached kraft paperboard and coated-recycled paperboard. To learn more about Graphic Packaging, please visit:

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