AF&PA Board Elects New Chairman and Officers
March 28, 2012 | 2:09 pm CDT

WASHINGTON –The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) today announced the election of Boise, Inc. Chairman and CEO Alexander Toeldte as new AF&PA Board Chairman, along with the 2012 slate of board officers. 

Toeldte has served as president and chief executive officer of Boise, Inc. since February 2008.  Since being elected to AF&PA’s Board of Directors in November of the same year, Mr. Toeldte has been an active member of the board, serving in leadership positions within our CEO Task Force and committee structure.  A native of Cologne, Toeldte studied economics at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat in Freiburg, Germany and received his M.B.A. from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

“I am honored to be elected as chairman of the board for 2012,” said Toeldte. “AF&PA member companies manufacture products that are integral to society and provide well-paying jobs for thousands of Americans. We are proud of the fact that our industry is one of the largest producers and users of green renewable biomass energy in the world. We have also led the way in voluntarily recycling our products. I look forward to working with my colleagues to help increase awareness of our sustainability success story.”

Also elected to officer positions by the AF&PA Board are:  First Vice Chairman - David W. Scheible, president and CEO of Graphic Packaging Corporation; Second Vice Chairman - John D. Williams, president and CEO of Domtar, Inc.; and Immediate Past Chairman - Jim Hannan, CEO and president of Georgia-Pacific LLC.

“With the election of Alexander as chairman and our 2012 Board Officers, AF&PA continues the good fortune of having dedicated, responsible stewards of the industry to guide our policies and planning,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman.  “I am grateful to Jim Hannan, our immediate past chairman, for his leadership and counsel as we advanced the objectives of the association, including the launch of our sustainability initiative – Better Practices, Better Planet 2020.  Through the active involvement of our new chairman, officers and members of our board, AF&PA will continue to promote solutions that will advance our industry’s competitiveness.”

Source: American Forest & Paper Association

Also beginning terms as members of the AF&PA Board of Directors in 2012, are: William B. Johnson, CEO of Johnson Timber Company; George D. Jones, president and CEO of Seaman Paper Company of Massachusetts, Inc.; Frank Papa, president and CEO, The Newark Group; Allan F. Trinkwald, president of Simpson Investment Company; and Russell Wanke, vice president/general manager of Thilmany Papers LLC.


The AF&PA Board of Directors currently consists of 29 presidents, chairmen and chief executive officers representing the broad spectrum of the forest products industry.  For a complete board listing and more information about AF&PA, visit


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