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AF&PA Congratulates WestRock CEO Steve Voorhees on Being Named RISI 2018 North American CEO of the Year

by AFPA Communications | Oct 11, 2018
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WASHINGTON - American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President & Chief Executive Officer Donna Harman congratulated WestRock Chief Executive Officer Steve Voorhees on being named RISI 2018 North American CEO of the Year. Voorhees, an AF&PA board member since 2013, formally received the honor at RISI’s North American Conference in San Francisco today (10/11).

“Steve Voorhees never hesitates to share his deep knowledge of our industry and roll up his sleeves and put in the hard work needed to advance solutions in support of our entire industry. That quality of leadership has earned him respect, inspired teamwork and played an integral role in our ability to grow the economy and create American manufacturing jobs. Congratulations to Steve for this well-deserved honor and recognition.”

Voorhees had served as WestRock CEO since 2015 and previously held the position of CEO of RockTenn. Prior to that, he held a number of executive leadership roles at RockTenn, including president and chief operating officer, executive vice president, chief financial officer and chief administrative officer.

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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 over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 950,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.


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