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Norske Skog Appoints Niels Petter Wright as Its New CEO

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Nov. 26, 2018 - Norske Skog has appointed Niels Petter Wright as its new CEO, effective December 1. He will replace Lars P. Sperre, who has been acting President and CEO since May 2017. Sperre will continue to work for Norske Skog as part of the Corporate management team, as Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy.

Petter Wright previously served as CEO of Elopak, a Norwegian supplier of paper-based liquid packaging products.

“We are pleased to welcome Niels Petter Wright as the new CEO of Norske Skog. Together, we share the ambition to make Norske Skog as competitive as possible in a challenging industry, and to continue to develop the core business and explore new opportunities in a disciplined manner,” says Sven Ombudstvedt, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Norske Skog AS.

“Wright's strong track record as leader of an international industrial group driven by process and product innovation, along with a constant focus on addressing the evolving demands of customers makes him an excellent choice for Norske Skog,” Ombudstvedt added.

“The Board and the owners of Norske Skog are very grateful for all the efforts Lars has made to lead the group through a very complex financial restructuring, and we are excited that he will continue to play an important role going forward. Lars has kept the operating business stable through very challenging periods and showed great leadership. The change of CEO will allow Lars to devote his efforts fully on the continuing strategic development of the group,” Ombudstvedt concluded.

Based in Oslo, Norway, Norske Skog owns seven paper mills with a total paper production capacity of 2.7 million tons, of which 1.8 million tons are newsprint and 0.9 million tons are magazine paper (supercalendered and lightweight coated). To learn more, please visit:

SOURCE: Norske Skog