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Berry Wiersum


Chief Executive Officer

Sappi Fine Paper Europe

Sappi, the world’s leading producer of coated fine paper, appointed Berry Wiersum (60, British) Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Europe S.A. on 15 January 2007.

Mr. Wiersum started his career at ICI Fibres, became President of Amoco Fabrics (Europe), then the President of Amoco Chemicals (Europe), and when Amoco was taken over by BP, he moved to BP to assist with the integration of the two groups in Europe.  He subsequently left BP and joined Pechiney S.A. in France and ran the CEBAL packaging division until he was recruited as Managing Director of the Packaging division of Kappa Packaging BV (The Netherlands) and member of the Management Board responsible for paper manufacture and packaging in the Kappa group.  He holds a Master of Arts degree with Combined Honours in Mediaeval and Modern History and subsidiaries in French and Music from the University of St. Andrews in the UK.

Berry Wiersum was Vice-Chairman Coated Cepifine in 2009 and 2010

Berry Wiersum was Chairmen of Cepi in 2010 and 2011.

He is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Euro-Graph (European Association of Graphic Paper Producers)

Berry is married with four children.


CEO Panel Discussion

Day One

Tuesday, 1 March, 2016

RISI has brought together CEOs from some of the top companies in Europe to discuss topics that include:  Opportunities for expansion into Eastern Europe; Risk Management, Competition from Outside Europe, the Region’s place in the Global Industry, the impact of Big Data and Industry 4.0 on what some perceive as an old fashioned industry. 

CEOs from Progroup, Sappi Fine Paper Europe, Stora Enso and Smurfit Kappa will be challenged on their view of the pulp and paper landscape in Europe and beyond by well-known industry analyst Barry Dixon.


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Day One

Tuesday, 1 March, 2016

The financial and subsequent economic crisis from 2008 to 2013 confronted all companies, industries and businesses with their most fundamental weaknesses and forced them to rethink their strategies. The Pulp and Paper Industry is no exception and one company even put the word Rethink into its logo! Disruptive technology, geopolitical uncertainty nearer to home, climate change legislation, regulation,  artificial intelligence, new materials,  opportunities and market rules are driving innovation over the parapet of the incremental and towards transformation. Beneath the current stock market volatility lies an expectation that business leaders will deliver on this transformation. But their roles have also changed: they need a new relationship with the state and government, who need a profoundly deeper understanding of how business and investment works. We are living through the end of one era and the painful birth into another.

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