Richard Garneau named 2012 North American CEO of the Year
RISI today announced that Richard Garneau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Resolute Forest Products, has been selected as RISI’s 2012 North American CEO of the Year.
RISI gives the award to honor industry leaders who have made significant achievements over the past year. The award will be presented at RISI’s 27th North American Forest Products Conference in Boston, Massachusetts on October 3 – 5, 2012.
Garneau was chosen for his leadership, vision, and strategic accomplishments in a survey of investment analysts and portfolio managers who cover the forest products industry. “The competition was close among this year’s finalists, but Mr. Garneau undeniably stood out among his peers,” said Mark Rushton, Editor, Pulp and Paper International (PPI).
One analyst commented, “Richard Garneau has helped Resolute retake a leadership position in the industry, including the acquisition of Fibrek.” Another said, “He has done an excellent job of deleveraging the company despite the challenges in certain markets, specifically newsprint.”
Before joining Resolute Forest Products, Garneau served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst Paper Corporation from 2007 through 2010. Prior to his tenure at Catalyst, Garneau was Vice President of Pulp and Paper Operations at Domtar Inc. He also held a variety of roles at Norampac, Copernic.com, Future Electronics, St. Laurent Paperboard, Finlay Forest Industries, and Donohue Inc.
In addition to accepting his award at RISI’s North American Forest Products Conference in Boston, Garneau will join the CEO panel. The conference will feature industry-leading experts and RISI’s economists and engineers as they provide their outlook for the North American and global forest products industry.
Owned by UBM plc, RISI is the leading information provider for the global forest products industry. The company works with clients in the pulp and paper, wood products, timber, biomass, tissue, nonwovens, printing and publishing industries to help them make better decisions. Headquartered in Boston, MA, RISI operates additional offices throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. More information can be found at www.risi.com.
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