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Sappi Appoints Mike Haws as President and CEO of Its North American Operations, Mark Gardner to Retire

Mike Haws Mike Haws

July 22, 2019 - Sappi Limited today announced that Michael G. (Mike) Haws (56), currently Vice President Manufacturing at Sappi North America, has been appointed as President and CEO of Sappi North America, effective October 1, 2019.

Haws succeeds Mark Gardner (63), a 38-year veteran of Sappi in North America, who will retire at the end of September 2019. Gardner has been President and CEO of Sappi North America for 12 years.

Steve Binnie, Sappi's CEO, said, I would like to thank Mark for his sterling service to Sappi over 38 years and for the support he has shown me as CEO. He is an exemplary leader both for the company and for the industry. His tenure saw massive changes as we restructured and refocused the business, a task he embraced and has executed with aplomb.

Mark Gardner Mark Gardner

Haws joined Sappi in 2012 as Managing Director of the Somerset Mill before being promoted to Vice President Manufacturing in October 2015 with responsibility for the Somerset, Westbrook and Cloquet Mills, the Allentown sheeting facility, Safety, Research and Development and Customer Care. Prior to joining Sappi, he had extensive experience in the industry and held numerous leadership roles with St Regis, Champion International, International Paper and Verso Paper. While leading the Somerset Mill, Haws received the Pulp and Paper International (PPI) Mill Manager of the Year award in 2014.

Commenting on the appointment of Haws, Binnie said, I am pleased that we are able to ensure a smooth transition in leadership from Mark to Mike. Mike is an experienced industry leader who has been integral to the development and execution of Sappi's 2020Vision and the investments we have made in North America to grow our dissolving wood pulp and packaging and specialties businesses. I am confident that under Mike's leadership our business will take full advantage of the exciting opportunities for the pulp and paper industry in North America.

Haws holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Paper Science and Engineering from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, New York and has undertaken an executive education program at Harvard Business School.

About Sappi North America

Sappi North America, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, operates four diversified businesses — high quality Coated Printing Papers, Specialised Cellulose, Release Papers and Specialty Packaging. To learn more, please visit:

About Sappi Limited

Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sappi is a global leader in paper, paper pulp and dissolving wood pulp solutions. The company has over 12,000 employees; manufacturing operations on three continents, in seven countries (nine mills in Europe, three mills in America and four mills in South Africa) and customers in over 150 countries worldwide.

In FY2018 Sappi produced approximately: 5.7 million tons of printing and writing, speciality and packaging paper; 2.3 million tons of paper pulp, and 1.4 million tons of dissolving wood pulp. The company continues to invest in developing biomaterials (nanocellulose, fibre composites and lignosulphonate) and biorefinery (second generation sugars and bio-energy) businesses. To learn more, please visit:

SOURCE: Sappi Limited