By Donna Harman
President and CEO
With GEC Packaging Technologies CEO John Rooney as AF&PA’s 2018 board chair, newly-elected officers and the establishment of our top advocacy priorities, we are ready to lead the industry’s advocacy for the year ahead. You can count on us to make the case for common-sense public policy that will improve paper and wood product manufacturer’s ability to contribute to economic growth and create high-skilled and high-paying American jobs.
Enactment of historic comprehensive tax reform in 2017 sets a welcome stage to focus on this year’s key advocacy priorities. With more than 900,000 employees in rural and urban communities across 45 states, we are one of the largest manufacturing sectors in the nation with an ability to thrive when government policies set basic standards that allow the marketplace to innovate.
Ranking high on our priority list: free and fair trade policy, efficient transportation measures, systemic regulatory process and policy reforms and policies that respect market place competition and consumer choice for paper-based products. To advance them, we will tell our industry’s compelling story and represent our companies’ needs to the administration, Capitol Hill and decision makers at the federal and state level.
Our hard-working employees and their companies are some of the most innovative the world. They deserve and we want them to have every opportunity to invest and compete at home and around the globe.
There is a lot on our plate, but we’ve never been shy about rolling up our sleeves and getting to work. This year is no different, and we’ll keep you informed on our progress.
AF&PA Board officers elected in 2018 are Peter Watson, Greif, Inc. President & CEO (first vice chair) and Mark Sutton, International Paper Company Chairman & 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 this year are Christian Fischer, President & 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 & CEO, Sonoco Products Company; Robert Snyder, CEO, Twin Rivers Company; Mark Sutton, Chairman & CEO, International Paper Company and John Williams, President & CEO, Domtar.