SFK Pulp Realigns Senior Management Positions

Dec. 11, 2008 - SFK Pulp Fund today announced a realignment of its senior management ranks with a series of promotions and new appointments.

"Our industry has increasingly been facing adverse market conditions. Coupled with the current world financial crisis, a status quo situation is not acceptable at SFK," said president and CEO Pierre Côté.

Three of the positions are new to SFK and include:

  • Paul Bourque - Executive Vice-President, Business Development and Strategic Procurement. Mr. Bourque was formerly SFK Pulp's Chief Financial Officer.
  • Patsie Ducharme - Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, formerly Corporate Controller.
  • Dany Paradis - Vice-President, Change Management and Public Affairs.
  • Emmanuelle Lamarre-Cliche - Vice-President, Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary.
  • Jocelyn Pépin - Corporate Controller.

Paul Bourque is a Chartered Accountant with more than 23 years of experience in the forest industry. Mr. Bourque has served as SFK's CFO since its inception in 2002. Prior to that, he acted as controller with Abitibi-Consolidated and Donohue.

Patsie Ducharme, SFK Pulp's Corporate Controller since 2007, is a Certified General Accountant with over eighteen years of experience, fourteen of which were spent in the forest industry. She was CFO at Malette Industries Inc. before joining SFK Pulp. Prior to that, she held progressively more senior positions in finance for various companies such as Tembec and Malette Inc.

Dany Paradis has been appointed to the newly created role of Vice-President, Change Management and Public Affairs at SFK Pulp. Mr. Paradis has held senior positions in human resources for over ten years, including that of Vice-President, Human Resources at both Domtar and Reebok/CCM (a subsidiary of adidas). He has also been involved in internal communications, corporate development and public relations for various industries. In this role, Mr. Paradis will be responsible for human resources, information technology, communications and the implementation of a lean manufacturing system. Prior to joining SFK Pulp,

Emmanuelle Lamarre-Cliche was a senior associate in Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP's Business Law Group, where she was part of the team responsible for SFK Pulp's account. Her areas of focus were mergers and acquisitions, securities law, and other general and corporate business matters.

Jocelyn Pépin is a Certified Management Accountant with over 30 years of experience. Since his beginnings with Domtar in 1975, he has acquired a solid financial expertise in various companies involved in the pulp and paper industry, including Alliance Forest Products, Donohue and Abitibi-Consolidated.

SFK Pulp produces premium virgin and recycled kraft pulp and operates three mills: Saint-Félicien, Québec, Fairmont, West Virginia and Menominee, Michigan. The company employs approximately 550 people and has a total annual production capacity of 735,000 metric tons.

The Saint-Félicien Mill supplies northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) pulp to various sectors of the paper industry in Canada, the United States and Europe for use in speciality products.

The Fairmont and Menominee Mills manufacture air-dried market recycled bleached kraft (RBK) pulp and primarily supply manufacturers of uncoated freesheet, commercial and away-from-home tissue and coated paper in the U.S.


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