RISI Announces The 2018 European CEO of The Year Award

7 February 2018

RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry, today announced that Miles Roberts, Group Chief Executive of DS Smith, has been named RISI's 2018 European CEO of the Year. RISI will present this award at the European Conference, which will take place in Barcelona, Spain on March 5-7, 2018.

RISI's European CEO of the Year Award is nominated by a group of investment analysts, industry consultants and commentators covering the European and global pulp and paper industry.

Reasons cited by nominators of Roberts to win the award were: "Miles Roberts has been able to navigate the volatile OCC and containerboard situation without missing a beat, in terms of growing earnings and cash flows. Despite the full price paid, it seems as if the Interstate Resources deal is going well. Since this transaction was announced last June, earnings and cash flow estimates for DS Smith have increased, and the company's share price has rallied more than 15% to £5.11 at the 19th January close from £4.40 at the time of the Interstate deal announcement. By gaining exposure to kraftliner, DS Smith mitigates its substantial net short position at a time when global supplies of kraftliner are tightening. Furthermore, DS Smith continues to capture margin by providing creative service/product enhancements to its myriad customers".

Another said: "DSS just announced their second HP T1100 Digital Press (Europe) so they really have embraced this technology.  As far as the US is concerned, I visited two DSS plants recently.  Both plants are planning some upgrades.  DSS announced two green field plants on the East Coast…If they keep moving at this pace they will drag the US into the 21st century in terms of box construction."

Miles Roberts was appointed Group Chief Executive of DS Smith on May 4, 2010.  At DS Smith, he has implemented a clear strategy to become a leading provider of corrugated packaging in Europe.

Under his leadership, the Company has grown organically and via a number of acquisitions, including SCA Packaging, Duropack, Grupo Lantero and Interstate Resources.  It is now present in 37 countries, employing around 27,000 people, and was elevated into the FTSE 100 in December 2017.

He was previously Chief Executive of McBride plc from July 2005 until April 2010, having originally joined as its Group Finance Director in January 2002.  Prior to that, Miles was Finance Director of Costain.  He is a non-executive director of Aggreko Plc.

Born in Tynemouth on the 14th of February 1964, Miles attended Stanley Technical High in South Norwood before graduating from Bristol with a degree in Civil Engineering.  He began his career as an engineer for Ove Arup.

Miles is married with four children. He enjoys tennis, sailing, skiing and golf.

For registration and more information regarding the 2018 European Conference, click here.

About DS Smith (www.dssmith.com)

DS Smith is a leading provider of corrugated packaging and a specialist in plastic packaging worldwide. The company operates across 37 countries and employ around 27,000 people. The business began in 1940 by the Smith brothers in London. In order to support their corrugated packaging operations, DS Smith has a recycling business that collects used paper and corrugated cardboard, from which their paper manufacturing facilities make the recycled paper used in corrugated packaging. For the fiscal year 2016/17, DS Smith had a revenue of £4,781m.

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, packaging, wood products, timber, biomass, tissue and nonwovens industries to help them make better decisions.

Headquartered in Boston, MA, RISI operates additional offices throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.

For Press Enquiries, please contact:
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Marketing Manager, Events
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RISI Announces The 2017 European CEO of The Year Award

28 December 2016

RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry, today announced that Berry Wiersum, Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Europe SA has been named RISI's 2017 European CEO of the Year. RISI will present this award at the European Conference, which will take place in Amsterdam, Netherlands from March 6-8, 2017.

RISI's European CEO of the Year Award is nominated by a group of investment analysts, industry consultants and commentators covering the European and global pulp and paper industry.

Reasons cited by nominators of Wiersum to win the award were: "Berry Wiersum has performed very well at the head of Sappi Europe in what have been turbulent times for graphic papers. In fact, during his tenure this sector has undergone systemic and often painful change.  Wiersum has shown real leadership in adapting to that change with the focus on cost control and the increase in the production of speciality papers".

Another said: "Wiersum has been a strong leader in the European pulp and paper industry for years, and has built Sappi Europe to be a powerhouse of graphic papers. Latterly he has led the company into the future by diversifying into specialties and paper for packaging. Wiersum has also been a great ambassador for the industry at large; continually pushing the sector to become more innovative, more politically astute and more driven to listen to the needs of customers and stakeholders".   

Mr. Wiersum has been the CEO of Sappi Europe SA Group since January of 2007.   Prior to assuming this role, Mr. Wiersum was the President of Amoco Fabrics and then Amoco Chemicals; and when Amoco was taken over by BP, he assisted in the integration of the two groups in Europe.  Following BP, he joined Pechiney S.A. in France and ran CEBAL packaging division until he was recruited as Managing Director of Packaging of Kappa Packaging BV. Mr. Wiersum is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the European Association of Graphic Paper Producers.

For registration and more information regarding the 2017 European Conference, click here.

About Sappi Europe SA (www.sappi.com)

Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, Sappi Europe is a leading European producer and supplier of coated fine paper, packaging and speciality papers. The European sector of Sappi consists of seven mills and 14 sales offices. Their high quality printing paper products include consumer magazines, catalogues, brochures, books, calendars, marketing material and more. Sappi's packaging and speciality papers offer products in the area of flexible packaging, label papers, rigid packaging, containerboard, release liner and functional papers. They also have applied their knowledge of fibers to develop technology to produce fiber reinforced composites as well as establish a pilot plant to test the manufacturing of a nanocellulose product that can be used in composites, food, coatings and barriers.

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, packaging, wood products, timber, biomass, tissue and nonwovens industries to help them make better decisions.

Headquartered in Boston, MA, RISI operates additional offices throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.

For Press Enquiries, please contact:
Kimberly Rizzitano
Marketing Manager, Events
O: 781-734-8996
E: krizzitano@risi.com

 

Source: prnewswire.com