AF&PA elects Greif’s Pete Watson as board chair

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) elected Greif Inc. president and CEO Pete Watson as its new board chair. It also released its 2019 slate of board officers.

Watson has been president and CEO of Greif Inc. since Nov. 1, 2015, having previously served as COO. Since joining the company in 1999, Watson has held positions such as group president for paper packaging, land management, and global sourcing and supply chain. He was also division president of Paper Packaging, president of CorrChoice (a Greif division) and VP of Corrugated Operations.

Elected officers include Mark Sutton, chairman and CEO of International Paper Co. (first vice-chair) and Mike Doss, president and CEO, Graphic Packaging International Inc. (second vice-chair). John Rooney, president and CEO of Evergreen Packaging LLC and 2018 AF&PA board chair, will serve as immediate past chair.

Beginning new terms as AF&PA board members in 2019 are: Craig Anneberg, CEO, North Pacific Paper Co. LLC; C. Anderson Bolton, president and CEO, PaperWorks Industries Inc.; John Carpenter, president, Nippon Dynawave Packaging; Mark Gardner, president and CEO, Sappi North America; William E. Johnson Jr., president, Johnson Timber Corp.; Yves Laflamme, president and CEO, Resolute Forest Products.

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