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Walter Schalka


Suzano Pulp and Paper

Walter Schalka holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA) and a graduate degree in Business Administration from the Getulio Vargas Foundation of São Paulo (FGV-SP). He also participated in the executive programs at IMD (Switzerland) and Harvard University (USA).

He began his career at Citibank and later joined the holding company of Grupo Maepar. In 1989, he began working as Chief Financial Officer at Dixie Lalekla. After the merger between Toga and Dixie Lalekla, in 1995, that created the Dixie Toga Group, he became General Director. In 1997, he became the group’s CEO and played a decisive role in its expansion, merger and transfer of control processes. In May 2005, he joined Grupo Votorantim as CEO of Votorantim Cimentos, where he was responsible for the operations in Brazil and in 14 others countries. In January 2013, he became CEO of Suzano Pulp and Paper, where he has focused on improving the company’s results.

Walter is 57 years old and is married with three children. 





Presentation of Latin American CEO of the Year Award Followed by a Fireside Chat with the Winner.

Day 1

Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

CEO Panel: What is the Future Outlook for the Industry in the Region?

Day 1

Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

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What will be the impact of the consolidation in the market?

Integrated convertors. 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 Disruptions in the Market:

  • Short-term: trade tariffs, immediate pricing impacts
  • Medium-term: Increasingly environmentally focused buyers and the growth of the paperless economy
  • Long-term: Workforce management

Are there any plans for capacity expansion? What is the new frontier for the pulp industry?