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Berry Wiersum


Sappi Europe S.A.

Sappi, a leading global provider of sustainable woodfibre products and solutions, appointed Berry Wiersum (62, 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 (Confederation of European Paper Industries) in 2010 and 2011.

Berry is married with four children.


European CEO Panel – Paper & Pulp

Session Two

Tuesday, 9 March, 2021

  • How has Europe's pulp and paper industry responded to challenges posed by Covid-19?
  • The rise in remote working and its impact on pulp and graphic paper markets
  • What changes to the industry are we most likely to see over the next five years?

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