Sappi announces leadership changes and combines divisions

Deece Hannigan.
Deece Hannigan.

On the heels of veteran Tom Collins’ announcement of his retirement, Sappi North America, a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper and packaging products, has announced the combination of two key business units – Packaging and Release Paper – and three notable promotions. Veteran Tom Collins leaves the paper industry and Sappi’s Release Business after a successful career spanning over four decades. Since joining the Lead Team in 2013, Sappi’s Release Business has improved its operational efficiencies and expanded its offerings far beyond its traditional business – including the recent introduction of Neoterix ST bacteria-resistant products.

With Collins’ departure, formerly the Vice President of the Coated Paper & Packaging business, Deece Hannigan, will now serve as the Vice President for the newly expanded Packaging and Specialties Business. In his new role, he’ll maintain his leadership of the Packaging, Supply Chain and Inside Sales Groups, while assuming accountability for the Specialties Business, including Release Papers. Hannigan joined Sappi in 1988 and has held a number of positions in Sales Management, Marketing and Technical Specialties.

Rick Skoglund, formerly Director, Coated Sheet Grades, will join the Lead Team as Vice President, Coated Business. He’ll be responsible for the growth of Sappi’s Coated Graphics Business.

Beth Cormier, Vice President of Research, Development and Innovation, expands her responsibilities to include Coated Paper, Packaging and Specialties Paper. She has over 30 years with the company in R&D and marketing roles.

Mark Gardner.
Mark Gardner.

“While we’re sad to see Tom go, we’re thankful for the 25 years of dedication, innovation and leadership he gave us,” said Mark Gardner, President and CEO of Sappi North America. “Tom’s contribution has helped us position ourselves to grow and expand. The future is exciting, and we’re confident that this combination of our Release and Packaging businesses, together with the increased leadership of Deece, Rick and Beth, will only make it stronger.”

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.