Wiersum to chair CEPI

The Confederation of European Paper Indust ries (CEPI) appointed Sappi Europe's CEO Berry Wiersum as its chairman starting January 2010 until the end of 2012. Magnus Hall, the current chairman, will be vice-chairman for the next two years. Wiersum joined SAPPI in January 2007. He started his career at ICI Fibres, became president of Amoco Fabrics (Europe), then president of Amoco Chemicals (Europe). When Amoco was taken over by BP, he moved to BP to assist with integration of the two groups in Europe. He joined Pechiney SA in France and ran the CEBAL packaging division until recruited as managing director of the Packaging division of Kappa Packaging BV.

Through its 18 member countries (16 EU members plus Norway and Switzerland) CEPI represents some 800 European pulp, paper and board companies and 1200 paper mills, representing 27% of world production. www.cepi.org.

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