Sappi Europe SA
Sappi, the world’s leading producer of coated fine paper, appointed Berry Wiersum (61, 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.
Berry Wiersum was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Euro-Graph (European Association of Graphic Paper Producers) in 2015 and 2016.
Berry is married with four children.
European CEO Panel Discussion
Tuesday, 12 March, 2019
What will be the impact of the consolidation in the market?
Integrated converters- what impact is the consolidation and integration of producers and suppliers having on the whole value chain?
What happens when the boom subsides? Pricing power in a rising pulp price environment -what will be the next major disruption?
Adapting to distributions in the market:
- Short-term: trade tariffs, immediate impacts
- Medium-term: increasingly environemntally focused buyers and the growth of the paperless economy
- Long-term: Workforce management
- Are there any plans for capacity explansion? What is the new frontier for the pulp industry?