WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2021 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) today announced the election of Graphic Packaging International, LLC, President and CEO Michael Doss as the new AF&PA Board Chair and released its 2021 slate of AF&PA Board Officers. Paper and wood product industry leaders participated in the association's Winter Board of Directors Meeting, which took place virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"As we continue to navigate challenges during the pandemic, we can clearly see the essential role the U.S. paper and wood products industry has played to manufacture items of critical need," Doss said. "Our industry produces essential and sustainable goods, such as paperboard and containerboard, as well as tissue products and paper bags. We also cannot forget about the work across the value chain — from sustainable forest management to safe, responsible manufacturing practices and innovations that allow our industry to use more recovered fiber. I'm excited to be part of an industry that exemplifies the circular economy, American jobs and a brighter future."
AF&PA President and CEO Heidi Brock said, "The paper and wood products industry has been strengthened by its focus on safety, adaptability, resolve and hard work during this pandemic. Our industry has remained essential because our people making sustainable products are essential. That commitment to sustainability guides our business practices. As we prepare to soon release 2030 sustainability goals, the progress we have made as part of our Better Practices Better Planet 2020 initiative will continue this year and in the decade ahead. I look forward to working alongside Michael Doss and AF&PA's Board Officers."
Additional elected officers include: Christian Fischer, President and CEO, Georgia-Pacific LLC (First Vice Chair); Brian McPheely, Global CEO, Pratt Industries, Inc. (Second Vice Chair); and Mark Sutton Chairman and CEO, International Paper will serve as Immediate Past Chair.
The AF&PA Board of Directors consists of top industry leaders who represent a broad spectrum of companies in the paper and wood products manufacturing sector.
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry's sustainability initiative — Better Practices, Better Planet 2020.
The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures approximately $300 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 950,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $55 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org or follow AF&PA on Twitter @ForestandPaper.
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