Peter Oswald of Mondi Named RISI's 2013 European CEO of the Year

Feb 06, 2013, 09:00 ET from RISI

BRUSSELS, Feb. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry, has named Mr. Peter J Oswald, Chief Executive Officer of Mondi Europe & International, as the 2013 European CEO of the Year. The award will be presented to Mr. Oswald during RISI's European Pulp & Paper Conference. The conference will be in Vienna, Austria, April 22-24, 2013.

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In addition to collecting his award at the RISI European Conference, Mr. Oswald will join the CEO panel and present the keynote speech.

Mr. Oswald was nominated by a group of investment analysts and portfolio managers covering the European pulp and paper industry. The criteria for nomination included leadership, vision and strategic accomplishment.

Mr. Oswald was selected as the winner due to his significant achievements and overall leadership of Mondi Europe & International. Regarding Mr. Oswald's leadership, one nominator commented "The European operation has been consistently well led and has included some significant and bold diversification which it has been getting just right."

Mondi, with production operations across 30 countries and almost 26,000 employees, is an international packaging and paper group. Mondi has key operations in central Europe, Russia and South Africa.

Mr. Oswald holds a master of business from the WU-Vienna Business School and a master of law from the University of Vienna. Before joining Mondi, he began his career with Deutsche Bank and automotive company KTM. In 1992, he joined the Mondi Group as the head of internal audit of the subsidiary Frantschach and later became corporate controller. After serving as chief executive of the bag and flexibles business from 1995 to 2001, overseeing its recovery and expansion, Peter was appointed chief executive of Mondi Packaging Europe in UK in 2002, leading its subsequent integration with Frantschach into the new Mondi packaging division in 2004.

At the beginning of 2008 Peter joined the Mondi Board as chief executive officer of the Group's Europe & International Division, comprising all the former Mondi Packaging and Mondi Business Paper operations outside South Africa. Peter serves as a non-executive director of Telekom Austria AG. He is Chairman of the Energy Committee of the Austrian Industry Association, Vice President of the Vienna Industry Association and President of respACT-austrian business council for sustainable development. He is member of the executive committee and board of CEPI.

RISI organizes four regional CEO awards each year in Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America, which are handed out to the winners at the regional RISI conferences. RISI also presents the Global CEO of the Year award during the PPI Awards event.

Previous European CEO of the Year winners are Miles Roberts, DS Smith in 2012; Jussi Pesonen, UPM in 2011; Jouko Karvinen, Stora Enso in 2010; Christian Rynning-Tonnesen of Norske Skog in 2009; Jouko Karvinen, Stora Enso in 2008; and UPM's Jussi Pesonen in 2007.

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Notes to Editors:

1)    About the European Pulp and Paper Outlook Conference

The 15th RISI European Pulp and Paper Outlook Conference will be held at the Vienna Marriott Hotel in Austria on April 22-24, 2013. The conference will address some of the key issues facing the European pulp and paper industry. More information regarding the conference program and registration details can be found at

2)    About Mondi

Mondi is an international packaging and paper Group, with production operations across 30 countries and revenues of €5.7 billion in 2011. The Group's key operations are located in central Europe, Russia and South Africa and as at the end of 2011. Mondi employs almost 26,000 people.

Mondi is fully integrated across the paper and packaging process, from the growing of wood and the manufacture of pulp and paper (including recycled paper), to the conversion of packaging papers into corrugated packaging, industrial bags and coatings.

The Group is principally involved in the manufacture of packaging paper, converted packaging products and uncoated fine paper (UFP).

Mondi has a dual listed company structure, with a primary listing on the JSE Limited for Mondi Limited under the ticker code MND and a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange for Mondi plc, under the ticker code MNDI. The Group has been recognised for its sustainability through its inclusion in the FTSE4Good UK, Europe and Global indices since 2008 and the JSE's Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Index since 2007.

3)    About RISI (

Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, 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, MA, RISI operates additional offices throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.

4)    About UBM plc (

UBM plc is a leading global company. We inform markets and bring the world's buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewellery traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,000 staff in more than 30 countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.