AbitibiBowater on January 17 announced the selection of a new executive team, reporting directly to Richard Garneau, president and chief executive officer. This leadership transition includes a number of senior management changes, supporting the company's execution of its business strategy.
"The executive team we have put in place represents an excellent blend of proven experience and fresh thinking. I look forward to working with the team to further improve AbitibiBowater's operational efficiencies and financial flexibility, while offering a broad mix of quality products to our customers globally," stated Garneau. "We believe that with the support of all company employees, we can deliver on our commitment to further reduce costs and enhance our competitiveness. Working as one team, we can respond to the reality of ongoing market challenges and ensure sustained profitability moving forward."
In addition to Garneau, AbitibiBowater's executive team will be composed of:
Alain Boivin, senior vice president, pulp and paper operations. Boivin most recently was vice president of mill operations, Central Region at Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation and will assume his new responsibilities at AbitibiBowater on March 7, 2011. This role will be managed on an interim basis by David J. Spraley, SVP, pulp and paper manufacturing, engineering and quality. Boivin served as a VP at Smurfit-Stone since 2000. He previously was SVP, containerboard operations for St. Laurent Paperboard Inc. from 1999 to 2000. Prior to this, Boivin was mill manager at a number of operations for Donohue Inc. and Avenor Inc.
Alain Grandmont, SVP, human resources and public affairs. Grandmont most recently served as executive VP, human resources and supply chain for AbitibiBowater Inc. He was previously SVP, commercial printing papers from October 2007 to July 2009. Grandmont served as SVP, commercial printing papers of Abitibi-Consolidated from 2005 to October 2007 and as SVP, value-added operations and sales of Abitibi-Consolidated in 2004.
William G. Harvey, SVP and chief financial officer. Harvey served most recently as executive VP and CFO for AbitibiBowater Inc. He previously was SVP and CFP of the company from October 2007 to July 2009. Harvey served as executive VP and CFP of Bowater Incorporated from August 2006 to October 2007, and as SVP, CFO and treasurer of Bowater from 2005 to 2006.
John Lafave, SVP, pulp and paper sales and marketing. Lafave most recently served as vice president of sales, national accounts – paper sales for AbitibiBowater Inc. Prior to this, he was vice president of sales, national accounts – newsprint for AbitibiBowater and VP of sales, commercial printers for Abitibi-Consolidated from 2004 to 2009. Lafave previously held progressive positions in sales with UPM-Kymmene and Repap Enterprises.
Yves Laflamme, SVP, wood products, global supply chain and information technology.Laflamme served most recently as SVP, wood products for AbitibiBowater Inc. He was previously SVP, woodlands and sawmills of Abitibi-Consolidated from 2006 to October 2007 and VP, sales, marketing and value-added wood products of Abitibi-Consolidated from 2004 to 2005.
Jacques P. Vachon, SVP and chief legal officer. Vachon most recently served as SVP, corporate affairs and chief legal officer for AbitibiBowater Inc. He previously was SVP, corporate affairs and secretary of Abitibi-Consolidated From 1997 to October 2007.
All appointments are effective immediately, with the exception of Boivin who will join AbitibiBowater in March. Also reporting directly to Garneau is William Kerr who will serve as vice president, internal audit. Kerr also reports functionally to the company's audit committee of the board.
AbitibiBowater is a global leader in the forest products industry, producing a diverse range of products, including newsprint, commercial printing and packaging papers, market pulp and wood products. The company owns or operates 18 pulp and paper mills and 24 wood products facilities located in the United States, Canada and South Korea. Marketing its products in more than 70 countries, AbitibiBowater is also among the largest recyclers of old newspapers and magazines in North America, and has third-party certified 100 percent of its managed woodlands to sustainable forest management standards.