“The American Forest & Paper Association Board brings a wide range of industry expertise to the table, and I am privileged to lead our members in advancing key advocacy priorities for the coming year,” said Rooney. “Free and fair trade policies, transportation efficiency measures, safeguards for citizens to choose paper-based options for essential federal government communications and deeper regulatory reform rank high on our agenda. We will pursue these priorities in a continuing mission to help our companies grow the economy and create American manufacturing jobs today and for generations to come.”
Rooney has been CEO of GEC Packaging Technologies (Graham Packaging, Evergreen Packaging, and Closure Systems International) at Reynolds Group Holdings Ltd. since November 2015. He served as CEO of Evergreen Packaging Inc. since May 2011. Starting in 1991, Rooney worked in a variety of multi-discipline leadership roles with International Paper and Evergreen Packaging, including plant management, international marketing, technology, planning, logistics and as GM of a global capital equipment business. He served as first vice chair of the AF&PA Board in 2017 and second vice chair in 2016 after first joining in the board in 2011.
Also elected officers are Peter Watson, Greif, Inc. president and CEO (first vice chair), and Mark Sutton, International Paper Company chairman and CEO (second vice chair). Linda Massman, Clearwater Paper Corporation president and CEO, will serve as immediate past chair.
Beginning new terms as AF&PA Board members in 2018 are Christian Fischer, president and CEO, Georgia-Pacific LLC; Wren Hood, CEO, Hood Container Corporation; Donald Lewis, CEO, Global Professional Hygiene Business, Essity; Brian McPheely, global CEO, Pratt Industries, Inc.; Jack Sanders, president and CEO, Sonoco Products Company; Robert Snyder, CEO, Twin Rivers Company; Mark Sutton, chairman and CEO, International Paper Company and John Williams, president and CEO, Domtar.