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AF&PA Elects New Chair, Announces Officers at Winter Board of Directors Meeting

Jan 26, 2017
Clearwater Paper Corporation’s Linda Massman Named Board Chair

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WASHINGTON, DC – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) announced the election of Clearwater Paper Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Linda Massman as the new AF&PA Board Chair and released the 2017 slate of AF&PA Board officers. Top industry leaders participated in the association’s Winter Board of Directors Meeting in Washington on January 26. 

“The American Forest & Paper Association Board represents preeminent industry talent and vision, and I am honored to lead our members in accomplishing our key advocacy priorities for the coming year,” said Massman. “Our agenda targets regulatory reform, comprehensive tax reform, transportation efficiency measures and trade policy. On all, we will provide ideas for forward-thinking policy improvements that allow our businesses to compete at home and around the globe.”  

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A distinguished industry leader, Massman was elected as Clearwater Paper's Chief Executive Officer in 2013 after serving as the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer since 2011 and Chief Financial Officer from 2008 to 2011. Before joining Clearwater Paper, Massman served as Group Vice President of Finance and Corporate Planning for SUPERVALU Inc. and as a business strategy consultant for Accenture. Prior to being elected chair of the AF&PA Board, Massman served as Vice Chair and as AF&PA PAC Co-Chair.

AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman said, “Under Massman’s leadership, we are ensuring policymakers in Washington, D.C. and state capitals across the country understand the needs of our industry. With 900,000 employees in familywage jobs in large and small communities across 45 states, our U.S. manufacturing operations and our products are a foundation of American daily life.  Our industry’s contributions to our nation grow even brighter when efficient and effective regulatory, tax, transportation and trade policies unleash our ability to invest, innovate and compete wherever we are located.”

Also elected as officers are Evergreen Packaging Inc. President & CEO John Rooney (first vice chair) and Greif, Inc. President & CEO Peter Watson (second vice chair). Packaging Corporation of America Chair & CEO Mark Kowlzan will serve as immediate past chair.

Beginning new terms as AF&PA Board members in 2017 are Michael Doss, Graphic Packaging International, Inc.; Peter Watson, Grief, Inc.; James Morgan, Interstate Resources; Matthew Kaplan, KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation; Richard McLeod, The Procter & Gamble Company; Philip Rundle, Rolland Enterprises Inc.; Colin Moseley, Simpson Lumber Company, LLC; Christopher DiSantis, Verso Corporation; and Steven Voorhees, WestRock Company.

The AF&PA Board of Directors currently consists of 21 top industry leaders who represent a broad spectrum of companies in the paper and wood products manufacturing sector.

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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 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 900,000 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.