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Imerys announces governance changes as from May 4

  • Separation of the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer roles
  • Gilles Michel to be re-elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Conrad Keijzer to join Imerys Board and to become Chief Executive Officer

Following the wish expressed by Mr Gilles Michel to devote for personal reasons more time to his close family, the Board of Directors’ Appointments Committee, chaired by Mr Paul Desmarais III, has conducted an in-depth review of the Group’s leadership and governance. Its recommendations were presented to the Board of Directors on March 8, 2018 and unanimously approved. In particular, the Board has decided to separate the Group’s chairman of the board and chief executive officer roles.
Subject to their approval at the upcoming annual general meeting, the following decisions will be effective from May 4, 2018 :
• To re-elect Gilles Michel as Chairman of the Board, separated from the CEO role.
Today, Imerys, the world’s reference for mineral specialties, is growing, generating cash and creating value. Its business profile and potential have been significantly strengthened thanks to a clear and focused strategy of innovation, to investment and geographic expansion, to a sustained policy of selective acquisitions and to unswerving operational discipline. The Group is positioned on markets with, overall, a better growth potential and it benefits from a more balanced geographical footprint, especially in key emerging markets. And it has embarked on an internal transformation plan to improve efficiency and agility while reinforcing competitiveness.
The Board is looking forward to continuing to benefit from Gilles Michel’s strategic vision and deep operational knowledge of the Group in his new role.
• To appoint Mr Conrad Keijzer as Imerys’ Chief Executive Officer and Director.
Mr Keijzer has been selected after a thorough and professional process of evaluation and selection of internal as well as external candidates. Conrad Keijzer, 49, a Dutch citizen, will bring Imerys a wealth of operational and international experience.
Throughout his professional career at Akzo Nobel, a world leading global paints and coatings company and major producer of specialty chemicals leader, he held numerous operational leadership positions in several countries. As a member of the group’s executive committee, he was instrumental in expanding its presence in Asia – more than 25% of consolidated sales – and managed until 2017 the Performance Coatings division (sales of approximately 6 billion euros in 2016). Mr Conrad Keijzer will be based in Paris (France).

2018-03-09 
Nomination Committee proposals regarding election of the Board

In advance of the BillerudKorsnäs AB Annual General Meeting of shareholders to be held on Tuesday 15 May 2018, the BillerudKorsnäs nomination committee proposes the re-election of Andrea Gisle Joosen, Bengt Hammar, Lennart Holm, Michael M.F. Kaufmann, Kristina Schauman and Victoria Van Camp as members of the Board, and the election of Tobias Auchli and Jan Åström as new members of the Board. The nomination committee also proposes the re-election of Lennart Holm as chairman of the Board and Michael M.F. Kaufmann as vice chairman of the Board. Mikael Hellberg has decided not to seek re-election.

Tobias Auchli is Chairman and CEO of Verlumenda SA, providing advisory services in strategy, innovation, sustainable growth, digital transformation and operational improvements. Prior to his current position, Tobias spent 18 years at senior executive and general management roles in the Nestlé group, with a focus on e.g. transformation, innovation and R&D. Tobias also coaches IMD Business School MBA’s in innovation and entrepreneurship. Tobias is a Swiss national and graduated with a Master in International Management, Marketing and Finance from the University of St. Gallen (HSG).

Jan Åström currently holds the position as President and CEO of Ahlstrom Munksjö Oyj, a position that he has held since 2008 and from which he is retiring in April 2018. Prior to joining Ahlstrom Munksjö Oyj, Jan was President and CEO of SCA AB and of Modo Paper AB. Together with other earlier executive and general management positions, Jan has close to 40 years of experience from the pulp and paper industry. Jan is a Swedish national and graduated with a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Michael M.F. Kaufmann, chairman of the nomination committee, commented : “The nomination committee is very pleased to have recruited Tobias Auchli and Jan Åström as candidates to the BillerudKorsnäs Board. Tobias and Jan are two experienced professionals with highly complementary expertise. Tobias will bring valuable insights from the consumer goods industry, with deep expertise in international R&D, innovation and academia, as well as strategic and operational leadership. Jan is a highly respected and very experienced business executive in the Swedish pulp and paper industry, and will bring both strategic and operational expertise from the industry. The nomination committee is confident that the proposed new members will complement the Board’s expertise across a variety of areas considering their longstanding and international careers.”

Michael M.F. Kaufmann added : “On behalf of the nomination committee, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mikael Hellberg for serving on the BillerudKorsnäs Board for many years and for his contribution in building the new BillerudKorsnäs.”

The nomination committee in BillerudKorsnäs comprises Michael M.F. Kaufmann, appointed by Frapag Beteiligungsholding AG, Tomas Risbecker, appointed by AMF Försäkring & Fonder, Lennart Francke, appointed by Swedbank Robur fonder and Thomas Wuolikainen, appointed by Fjärde AP-fonden. The nomination committee’s complete proposals will be presented in the convening notice for BillerudKorsnäs’ Annual General Meeting 2018.

2018-03-09 
Agreement on future Nordic balancing

The five Nordic TSOs have reached a cooperation agreement on the development of a new Nordic balancing concept.

2018-03-09 
Completion of the acquisition of EcoPack and EcoPaper

DS Smith plc today announced the completion of its €208mn acquisition of EcoPack and EcoPaper, Romania.

2018-03-08 
Svenska kraftnät’s System Development Plan highlights the development of the future power system

In December 2017 Svenska kraftnät published the System Development Plan 2018–2027 : a document focusing on the long-term development of the future power system. The plan was approved by the Board of Svenska kraftnät on 30 November 2017.

2018-03-08 

According to Copacel (French Board, Paper and Cellulose Federation), in 2017, the French paper industry produced 8.02 Mt of paper and board (+ 0,5 %). In value, the growth is higher (+ 3 %). The TO has thus reached 5.9 bn euros.

2018-03-08 
Spanish fair Maqpaper in Igualada (Barcelona) about to close its record year

The 2018 edition if Maqpaper fair is being held thid week in the very Catalan city of Igualada, a few miles away from Barcelona.

2018-03-08 
Ahlstrom-Munksjö launches Trinitex® Advance W3200 for unrivaled efficiency gas turbine filtration

Ahlstrom-Munksjö announces the launch of Ahlstrom-Munksjö Trinitex® Advance W3200, a unique E12 filtration media specifically designed for pulse jet gas turbine applications.

2018-03-08 
Solenis Completes the Acquisition of Topchim NV

Effective March 7, 2018, Solenis International, L.P. (“Solenis”) completed the acquisition of 100 percent of the shares of Topchim NV (“Topchim”).

2018-03-08 
BillerudKorsnäs makes change to senior management team and Executive Vice President Christer Simrén leaves the company

BillerudKorsnäs announces today that a decision has been made to make a change to the senior management team leading to that the role as Executive Vice President will be removed and Christer Simrén will thereby leave the company.

2018-03-08 
UPM one of first companies to offer copy papers with enhanced Singapore Green Label

UPM is one of the first companies to offer copy paper with the Singapore Green Label logo under the enhanced Singapore Green Labelling Scheme (SGLS), which is managed by the Singapore Environment Council (SEC).

2018-03-08 
Arctic Paper introduces price increase for all its paper grades

Due to further increases of pulp cost Arctic Paper SA has taken decision to raise prices of its paper products.

2018-03-07 
Mondi joins WWF’s Climate Savers business leadership programme

Global packaging and paper group adopts 2050 science-based targets to limit global temperature rise to under 2°C

2018-03-07 
Kotkamills Oyj: a pre-feasibility study of a paper machine investment

The board of Directors of Kotkamills Oyj has decided to make a pre-feasibility study of a paper machine investment to increase the production of Saturing Base Kraft (Laminating Papers)

2018-03-07 
Apex International collaborates with DewaFlex to broaden market support in France (offset/label) and Belgium (label)

In addition to a range of reputable flexo and offset products, DewaFlex also provides a comprehensive cleaning and maintenance program for anilox rolls

2018-03-07 

On March 6, Smurfit Kappa announces that it has received « an unsolicited proposal from International Paper Company, headquartered in Memphis, USA, whereby International Paper would acquire Smurfit Kappa and Smurfit Kappa shareholders would receive a combination of cash and a minority holding in the combined business. »

2018-03-07 
Energy savings and high product quality in Metsä Board Kyro: goals achieved with Energy Recovery System and GemDryer® Infrared drying system

Metsä Board Kyro produces coated folding boxboard for packaging.

2018-03-07 
Södra raises the price of NBSK in Europe to $1,130/tonne

With continued strong demand and background fundamentals in the market, 

2018-03-07 
Final call for the Better with Less – Design Challenge: create new sustainable packaging solutions

Last November, Metsä Board announced the Better with Less – Design Challenge.

2018-03-06 
Glatfelter explores strategic alternatives for the Specialty Papers Business Unit

On the occasion of the 2017 results, the American Group’s Chairman and CEO Dante C. Parrini has announced :

2018-03-06 
Hans Sohlström to start as Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s President and CEO on April 16, 2018

The appointment of Hans Sohlström as Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s new President and CEO was announced on December 21, 2017, and he will assume his position on April 16, 2018.

2018-03-06 
Environmentally friendly energy concept for Papeteries Palm Descartes

Papeteries Palm, Palm’s French paper mill located in Descartes, has successfully started up its brand new power plant at the end of 2017.

2018-03-05 
European paper industry’s trade complaint against Turkey upheld in European Commission report

The EU has today released a report related to a Trade Barrier Regulation ("TBR") investigation launched following a complaint submitted by CEPI, the European association representing the paper industry.

2018-03-05 
Matthieu Château appointed new manager of DS Smith Packaging Contoire-Hamel mill

Matthieu Château is the new manager of DS Smith Packaging Contoire-Hamel mill (in Northern France).

2018-03-05 

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