BEDFORD, Mass., July 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- James Hannan, Chief Executive Officer of Georgia-Pacific, has been named the 2013 North American CEO of the Year by RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry. The award will be presented at the 28th Annual RISI North American Forest Products Conference on October 7-9, 2013, in San Diego, California.
Mr. Hannan was chosen for his leadership, vision and strategic accomplishments in a survey of investment analysts and portfolio managers who cover the forest products industry. Previous North American CEO of the Year winners are Richard Garneau, Resolute Forest Products, in 2012; James Rubright, Rock Tenn, in 2011; and John D. Williams, Domtar, in 2010.
"He's an excellent choice," said Greg Rudder, the conference chairman and editor of RISI's PPI Pulp & Paper Week. "G-P under Hannan has strived to innovate, with the help of a string of acquisitions since 2010 that expand the firm's pulp presence into specialties and fluff, and its position in building products as well as with its signature consumer products tissue business," said Rudder.
Mr. Hannan will be accepting his award during the North American Forest Products Conference on Tuesday, October 8. He will also be joining the CEO panel discussion. This roundtable discussion will be led by the region's leading executives who will talk about critical issues facing the North American forest products industry.
The conference program will feature leading industry experts and RISI's economists providing their outlooks for the North American sector set in a global context.
RISI organizes four regional CEO awards each year for Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America, with the winner presented at each of the regional RISI conferences. In addition, the Global CEO of the Year Award is presented at the PPI Awards event, held on December 10, 2013.
About the RISI North American Forest Products Conference (www.risi.com/naconf)
The 28th RISI North American Forest Products Conference will be held at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, California, October 7-9, 2013. The conference will address the key issues in today's North American forest products industry. The conference is sponsored by HP, ColorLok, StepChange Consulting and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Conference program and registration details are available online at www.risi.com/naconf.
About RISI (www.risi.com)
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.
Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, RISI operates additional offices throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.
About Georgia-Pacific (www.gp.com)
Founded in 1927 as a wholesaler of hardwood lumber, Georgia-Pacific has grown through expansion and acquisitions to become one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of tissue, pulp, paper, packaging, building products and related chemicals.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Georgia-Pacific employs nearly 35,000 people worldwide. The company was listed on the New York Stock Exchange from 1949 through 2005, when it was acquired as a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., a privately owned company based in Wichita, Kansas.
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