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Berry Wiersum


Chief Executive Officer

Sappi Fine Paper Europe


CEO Panel Discussion

Day One

Tuesday, 1 March, 2016


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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