Ealy joined the company in 1992 as director of corporate development. In June 1996, he was promoted to VP and was elected as a SVP in June 2003. Ealy has been responsible for the company’s acquisitions and divestitures. Most notably, he played a key role in developing and executing the company’s transformation plan, which included significant divestitures and several important acquisitions transforming International Paper into a leading global packaging, pulp and paper company.
“Cato has been a key contributor to the success of International Paper for nearly three decades helping to make IP a more sustainable and profitable company,” said Mark S. Sutton, chairman and CEO. “All of us wish him the very best in retirement.”