Gulf States Paper CEO, Michael Case, Elected as AF&PA Chairman

Feb. 9, 2006 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) said that it has elected Michael E. "Mike" Case, President and CEO of Gulf States Paper Corporation, as Chairman of the Board for AF&PA.

Mr. Case takes over at an important juncture in AF&PA's history as the organization's own President & CEO, W. Henson Moore, will be retiring this summer after 11 years at the helm of the association. Case, in addition to participating in the search for the next AF&PA CEO, is undertaking a strategic review of AF&PA to ensure the association continues to be able to serve members effectively in the rapidly changing paper and forest products industry.

"A major priority for me this year is to effectively review AF&PA's structure, including funding and governance to ensure we are still on target, still relevant," said Case. "The organization's primary mission is to successfully influence governmental action at all levels-local, state, national and international-to benefit and ensure the competitiveness of the U.S. forest products industry. To succeed we must continue to tell our industry's story of responsible environmental stewardship and of the economic impact our industry has on communities across the nation. I want to see us turn those successes into 'wins' that improve our industry's competitiveness through fairness in tax and regulatory policies, the elimination of trade barriers, and a sound national energy policy."

Case joined Gulf States in 1981, serving in a variety of sales and marketing positions in the packaging and paperboard areas before being named Vice President for Sales in the Pulp & Paperboard Division in 1993. He has also served as Vice President of Strategic Planning, and Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer. In 1999 he served as President & COO before being promoted to President & CEO on November 1, 2000.

A native of Decatur, Alabama, Case is also active in his community, serving as a Director for the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce and for the AmSouth Bank of Tuscaloosa. Case also sits on the Board of Visitors of the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration at the University of Alabama, participates in the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Board, and the President's Cabinet of the University of Alabama. He also serves on the Black Warrior Council of the Boy Scouts of America and is a Director for the United Way of West Alabama.

Case holds bachelor's and master's degrees in marketing from the University of Alabama and is married to the former Lynda Lynch of Huntsville, Alabama. They have two children, Carli and Andrew.

Founded in 1884, Gulf States Paper Corporation, headquartered in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is among the largest privately held forest products companies in the United States, controlling some 440,000 acres of woodlands in Alabama and Mississippi, while providing management services for twice that amount. Gulf States operates one of the nation's largest and most efficient sawmills, has real estate interests in several Southern states and operates an international sporting lodge network.

AF&PA is the national trade association of the forest, paper and wood products industry. AF&PA represents more than 200 companies and related associations that engage in or represent the manufacture of pulp, paper, paperboard and wood products. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 7 percent of total U.S. manufacturing output, employs 1.5 million people, and ranks among the top 10 manufacturing employers in 42 states.

SOURCE: American Forest & Paper Association

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