Antonio Maciel Neto of Suzano Wins Nomination for RISI's Latin American CEO of the Year for the Second Year Running

Oct 13, 2010, 14:06 ET from RISI

SAO PAULO, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry, today announced that Suzano's Chief Executive Officer, Antonio Maciel Neto, has been selected as Latin American CEO of the Year for 2010.

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For the second year running, Maciel was nominated for the award via a survey of investment analysts and portfolio managers covering the forest products industry.  The nominations are based on such criteria as leadership, vision and company performance.  In nominating Maciel for the award, many analysts commented on Suzano's new biomass project which has produced a high level of interest in the trade and impressed the analysts with the company's forward thinking and commitment to delivering on future trends.  Maciel's management during the global downturn was also praised with one analyst commenting that "Suzano has been lead in an austere way with an aggressive cycle of growth and a strategy to vary its portfolio."

Mr. Maciel commented on his nomination, "This second nomination wasn't possible without our 4,000 employees' commitment to Suzano's sustainable way of doing business. This award gave us the certainty that the company has built a strong and solid basis for its strategic growth plan."

The 2010 award will be presented to Mr. Maciel on November 22 at RISI's 5th Latin American Pulp and Paper Outlook Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  He will also deliver the keynote address and participate in the CEO / Executive Panel at the event.  He joins other industry leaders on the program including Sergio Colvin, CEO, CMPC Celulosa S.A.; Carlos Aguiar, CEO, Fibria; Jean-Michel Ribieras, CEO, International Paper; Marcelo Aguiar, Vice President, Mining & Steel, Pulp & Paper, Sugar & Ethanol, Goldman, Sachs & Co, and many more.

Antonio Maciel Neto became CEO of Suzano Papel e Celulose S/A on June 1, 2006. He is member of the Board of Directors of ADM (Archer Daniels Midland) and of Marfrig Frigorificos e Comercio de  Alimentos S.A. He is also a member of the Advisory Board at Ayrton Senna Institute. From 1999 to

May 2006 he held important positions in the Ford organization in South America, including President of Ford's South American Operations and Vice-President of the Ford Motor Company. From 1993 to 1999 he was Chairman of the Itamarati Group, Ferronorte Participacoes S.A. (Ferropasa) and Cecrisa Revestimentos Ceramicos S.A. He was also Chairman of the Board of Ferroban and a member of the Board of Directors of Gradiente Eletronica S.A., and Cecrisa. Previously, he was Executive Secretary of the Brazilian Trade and Industry Ministry, and was with Petrobras for ten years. He has a degree in mechanical engineering from Rio de Janeiro Federal University (UFRJ).

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RISI is the leading information provider for the global forest products industry. The company works with clients in the pulp and paper, wood products, timber, biomass, tissue, nonwovens, printing and publishing industries to help them make better decisions.

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About Suzano

Suzano is a forestry-based company and one of the largest vertically integrated producers of pulp and paper in Latin America, with global operations in roughly 80 countries. Their main products, sold on the domestic and international markets, are eucalyptus pulp, printing and writing paper (coated and uncoated) and paperboard.

Suzano are number one in the Latin American paperboard market and are one of the 10 largest producers of market pulp in the world and the second largest producer of eucalyptus pulp in the world.

As of 2015, with the organic growth announcement, Suzano Papel e Celulose will increase production from the current 2.9 million tons/year to 7.2 million tons/year by constructing three new industrial plants – in Maranhao, Piaui and a third undefined location. The installed capacity at the Murcuri Unit will also be optimized to manufacture an additional 400,000 tons/year.

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