ATLANTA, Ga.- July 18, 2013 – Larry N. Montague, TAPPI President and CEO, has been named to the 2013 RISI Power List of the most influential leaders in the global pulp and paper industry. The 6th annual list is selected by the RISI/PPI Magazine editorial staff and recognizes individuals having the greatest influence on the global industry in the past year.
“TAPPI has been able to reinvent itself and better serve the industry under Larry’s leadership and vision,” said Tom Garland, Chair, TAPPI board of directors and President-Packaging, Quad Graphics. “He was instrumental in transforming a failing association that had posted financial losses for 11 years into a financially healthy organization with growing membership. He implemented a team-based approach that led to a change in culture that cut expenses, strengthened member benefits and developed new market opportunities.”
“RISI’s Power List includes many highly respected leaders and executives from all sectors of the global industry and I’m honored to be included,” said Larry N. Montague, TAPPI President and CEO. “The nomination reflects the tireless hard work of the many TAPPI members and TAPPI staff that are essential to our success. It’s through their efforts that we have been able to expand into new areas, grow membership and enhance the value of the products and services we provide to our members. I would like to express my sincere thanks for their efforts.”
In nominating Montague the magazine’s editors recognized his leadership at TAPPI which has experienced a resurgence following the long industry downturn, noting the improved attendance at the PaperCon conference, the growing popularity of the exhibit and TAPPI’s involvement with current issues such as nanotechnology, the bio sector and industry safety.
Prior to becoming TAPPI’s President/CEO in 2006 he worked for 27 years in paper industry sales and management most recently as vice president, sales and marketing for The Newark Group, a producer of recycled paperboard and paperboard products. He began his career in the industry with Boise Cascade Corp. before joining the Republic Group Inc. where he held senior management positions including general manager of the Corrugated Container Division and G.M. and vice president sales and marketing of Republic Recycling.
RISI provides news, prices, forecasts and analysis on the global forest products industry, including pulp and paper, tissue, wood products and timber and publishes PPI Magazine and other publications and industry conferences.